La Joya: The Future of Argentina

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The man who destroyed Barcelona in the semifinals of Champions League in the previous season, 5 feet 10 inch forward of Juventus impressed the football universe with his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal. Paulo Dybala, today he is 24.

Early Life :
Paulo Dybala was born in Laguna Larga, in Córdoba, Argentina. His grandfather, Bolesław Dybała, was from the village of Kraśniów in Poland; he fled from his country of birth to Argentina during World War II. Dybala’s family also has Italian origins through his maternal grandmother, named Da Messa, from the Province of Naples. Dybala officially obtained his Italian citizenship on 13 August 2012.

Career :

He is a graduate of Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba. At the age of 17 Dybala gave a start to his senior playing career in Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba and played for the side during the 2011/12 season in Primera B Nacional. His debut game for the senior team was against Huracán in the first match day of the season. He netted his first goal in a 2-2 draw against Aldosivi on 20 August. In total he made 38 appearances and scored 17 goals for the side during a season.

On 20 July 2012 Paulo Dybala signed a four-year deal with Palermo. On 31 August he made his debut in a 0-3 loss at Lazio and on 11 November he scored twice, helping his side to win Sampdoria 2-0.

On 4 June 2015, Juventus announced the signing of Dybala on a five-year deal for a fee of €32 million (plus €8 million in add-ons). He was assigned the number 21 shirt, previously worn by Andrea Pirlo, who left the club that summer. On 8 August, he came on as a 61st minute substitute for Kingsley Coman against Lazio in the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana. He scored the second goal in the 73rd minute in a 2–0 win in Shanghai.

Dybala was called by the Argentina under-17 team to participate in the XVI Pan American Games, but ultimately did not take part in the competition. On 19 July 2012, he received his first call-up for the under-20 team, but declined the invitation.
On 22 September 2015, Dybala was called for the first time for the Argentine senior team by manager Gerardo Martino.

Style of play :

Quick, creative and agile player with excellent technical ability, Dybala is known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces, as well as his ability to beat opponents and protect or hold up the ball for team-mates with his back to goal. Due to his speed on the ball, positioning, intelligent movement, and ball skills, he excels during counter-attacks and at beating the offside trap when making attacking runs.

Achievements :

Palermo :
Serie B: 2013–14

Juventus :

Serie A: 2015–16, 2016–17
Coppa Italia: 2015–16, 2016–17
Supercoppa Italiana: 2015

Individual :
Serie A top assist provider: 2014–15
Serie A Team of the Year: 2015–16
ESM Team of the Year: 2016–17
Coppa Italia top goalscorer: 2016–17
FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2017
FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2016

A hardworking player, he is also known for his stamina and defensive contribution off the ball.Dybala is capable both of creating chances for teammates, as well as scoring goals himself, due to his vision, passing, link-up play, and ability to drop deep and play off of other players, as well as his powerful and accurate ball-striking ability from both inside and outside the area. Happy birthday to the talented young guy.