Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was named among the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or awards.
Pogba isn’t expected to be in the running to win the award despite having a good World Cup in Russia where France lifted the trophy.
Pogba has been under scrutiny since making his record £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United, and many believe he hasn’t yet justified his price tag.
beIN Sports pundit Andy Gray has told Pogba to be more consistent and decide games on a regular basis so he can be rated among the best in the world.
“He is regarded as one of the best footballers around so he has to influence games. He has to do it consistently,” Gray told beIN Sports.
“A bit like Eden Hazard has done it this season at Chelsea, game in, game out. Pogba has to do that, but I don’t think he is.
“I don’t think he’s done it since a little spell at the start of last season when he had six or seven decent games.
“Paul would have to admit, if he’s honest, that he’s been nowhere near consistent enough for Manchester United.”
When asked if Pogba can be called one of the world’s best, Gray said: “No, you can’t [say that].
“You can’t call him that, because he quite simply isn’t. I can think of four or five players at Manchester City that are playing better than Pogba right now.
“I can think of Eden Hazard at Chelsea. Mo Salah, although he’s not had a great start goal wise, he’s played much better than Pogba, he’s influencing football matches.
“Roberto Firmino, I can think of all these players.
“For Paul to get where he should be, he should be at that level consistently.
“I’m talking about going in against Chelsea and dominating a game, the way [Paul] Scholes, [Roy] Keane and [Cristiano] Ronaldo did.
“The way he did at Juventus. He has to do it more.”