Mauricio Pochettino celebrates 50th birthday with amazing collage of his career as Man Utd manager speculation grows
MAURICIO POCHETTINO celebrated his 50th birthday with a huge mural remembering his brilliant career so far.
The Argentine's loved ones ensured his day was special by gifting the Paris Saint-Germain boss with a huge picture showing of all the key moments in his career spanning over three decades.
In the colourful collage, Poch wears a shirt with the badges of all the clubs he's managed and played for.
They include Newell's Old Boys, Espanyol, PSG, Southampton and Tottenham.
The collage also featured images of Poch's family – wife Karina and their two sons – Sebastiano and Maurizio, who plays for Watford.
All three of Poch's close-knit family were in attendance at his birthday bash, where the roomwas draped in black and gold.
And he was all-smiles in his black suit as he was accompanied by PSG's assistant manager Jesus Reyes and goalkeeping coach Toni Sistachs.
Poch kept his guests entertained with champagne and a video compilation of his career highlights.
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He was also presented with a towering birthday cake complete with the emblems of his old clubs.
And to top off a perfect golden jubilee, Poch was gifted with a signed Argentina flag from the national team where he earned 20 caps.
The former Spurs boss took to Instagram to thank his loved ones for making his half century special and to reflect on reaching the milestone.
He wrote: "50. wow! Life is going so fast!
"Thank you everyone – my family, friends,fans, clubs – for all your messages and good wishes."
"It mean a lot and I had a great day to mark this special moment in my life. Big hug to you all!"
He started his career as a defender at Newell's in 1986, before having stints with Espanyol, PSG and Bordeaux, then returning to Espanyol to finish his career in 2006 after 509 appearances.
Poch went on to become Espanyol's manager in 2009.
Southampton lured him to Premier League in 2013, and Spurs poached the Argentine in 2014.
After five years with Spurs, Poch was given the boot for failing to bring silverware to White Hart Lane in 2019.
He spent a few years taking time off before being handed the PSG job last year.
However, his tenure in Paris may be cut short as Man United are keen on bringing him back to the Prem this summer to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Poch's potential exit from PSG may be the reason the French club's owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and chief Leonardo were notable absentees at his birthday.
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