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Paulo Dybala is a professional football player who represents Argentina on an international scale, playing in the position of a forward. He also represents Juventus, the noteworthy Italian club. He is referred to as “La Joya”, which, in Spanish, means “the jewel”, because of his talent and technique on the field.
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Dybala began his career at Instituto de Córdoba in Argentina with back in 2011, and then made a move to Palermo in Italy in the year 2012. He made amazing displays Serie A which helped him a place in Juventus after three years. With Juventus, he has earned the league title, besides Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia – all in the first season that he played with the club.
Dybala began his youth career at Instituto de Córdoba, an Argentine club based in his birth-town, in the year 2003. He debuted professionally in Primera B Nacional i.e. the second division of Argentine football, with the same team, when he was 17 years of age. Altogether, he made 17 goals in 40 games for the club, which made him the youngest player to make a goal, besides making him the first footballer to play 38 back-to-back games in a professional league of Argentina, as well as the first player to gain two hat-tricks in a single season. He scored in six matches consecutively.
In April 2012, Maurizio Zamparini, president of U.S. Città di Palermo declared that Dybala would sign with the club, and called him the new Sergio Agüero. But, this announcement was followed by a statement by José Teaux, the general secretary of the club, that the person in charge of concluding the negotiations had no mandate for selling Dybala. In July 2012, a press announcement by Palermo confirmed Dybala’s the signing with the team. It was a contract of a four years, the club’s financial filing revealed the transfer fee to be €8.64 million.
Dybala debuted for Palermo in a Serie A game in November 2012 against Lazio, n which he made his first two goals in Italy. The match ended with Palermo winning over Sampdoria with a score of 2–0. 2014-15 turned out to be his breakthrough season in Serie A, as he went on to amass ten goals and successfully established a striking partnership Franco Vázquez. He attracted the attention of some of the top clubs in Europe. He completed the season with a total of 13 goals, and also became one of the top assist makers in the league, with 10 assists.
In June 2015, it was declared that Juventus would sign a deal of five years with Dybala for a transfer fee of €32 million, in addition to €8 million in add-ons. He started playing in jersey no. 21. In August, he appeared against Lazio in Supercoppa Italiana 2015. His first goal of the league for the new team was in August 2015, in a 2–1 loss to Roma. In his first 16 games, he gathered six goals with two assists, scoring in every 151 minutes, making an amazing goal scoring ratio in the first season. His first Coppa Italia goal was in a 4–0 win over Torino in December.
Then, in February 2016, he made his first goal in Champions League in a 2–2 tie with Bayern Munich in the first leg of round of 16. In March, he announced that he would not be in the second leg of UCL to face Bayern because of an edema overload of the left soleus muscle. He made his return in a 4–1 victory over Torino, but had to leave because of another injury. In April, he made two goals in a 3–0 victory over Lazio. It was his 16th league goal scored in 31 games, which was his season’s 20th goal in all competitions. With 23 goals, he was Juventus’ highest scorer, besides 19 goals in Serie A, which led the team to gain a Serie A title win.
In 2016–17, Dybala became part of a deeper strategy of playing, taking on defensive and creative roles, which affected his goal-scoring. His struggle to score was evident at the start of the season, and he made his first goal of the season in September, in a 4–0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League. His first Serie A goal during the season was in October, in a 3–0 victory over Empoli. In April, he made two goals in the UCL first leg in the quarter final game against Barcelona, and helped the team in gaining 3–0 win. In April 2017, his contract was renewed with Juventus for an extension till 2022. In June, he began in the final of Champions League 2017. Juventus lost 4–1 to Real Madrid, the defending champions, and missed their treble.
In August 2017, Dybala became one of the three finalists for the Forward of Champions League award of 2016–17. In August, he made two goals in a 3–2 loss to Lazio in Supercoppa Italiana 2017. In August, he acquired the sixth place on the list of UEFA Best Player of the Year Award in 2017. In August, he made his first Serie A hat-trick, in a 4–2 victory over Genoa, repeating the feat in September, in his 100th game for Juventus, which included a free-kick, in the 3–1 victory over Sassuolo.
Dybala’s family heritage allowed him to play for both Poland and Italy. However, Dybala made it clear that his heart is with Argentina and that his dream was always to represent the national team of Argentina. Dybala received the call-up for the U-17 Argentina team to appear in XVI Pan American Games. However, he did not participate in the competition. In July 2012, he declined the call-up to join the U-20 team. In September 2015, coach Gerardo Martino called him to join the senior team of Argentina but his first game was in October 2015, during a World Cup 2018 qualifying round against Paraguay. In May 2016, he was laid off from the 23-man squad of the country in Copa América Centenario. Juventus had said they would not release the player for Summer Olympics 2016, but he became part of the 35-man preliminary U-23 squad for the same in May. But, he was excluded from the final squad.
Dybala took birth in Argentina, in the locality of Laguna Larga, in Córdoba. Even though he went on to represent Argentina, Paulo has always maintained that he has a powerful connection with his land of origin. Paulo’s grandfather, Bolesław, was born in a Polish village, Kraśniów. He ran away from Poland and went to Argentina during WW-II. His maternal grandmother was from the Italian Province of Naples, which helped him obtain Italian citizenship in August 2012.
The current market value of Paulo Dybala is £76.5 million. This is the highest market value that he has reached in his career, which is an enormous rise from the value of £1.8 million at the beginning of his career.
For his contributions to his teams, Dybala has been honoured with multiples awards and recognitions, which are as follows: