Paulo Dybala’s childhood dream is to win the most prestigious individual award in the sport of football: the Ballon d’Or
The Juventus attacker is hoping that one day he will be the the best player in the world, as he is pursuing his first Ballon d’Or win. The 24-year-old has made a name for himself in Europe, in fact he has made the top-30 shortlist for this year’s award, and he is full of hope regarding his future.
He moved to Juventus back in 2015, and has been impressive ever since. Dybala has proved himself as one of the bests in the Serie A, the Champions League and even on an international level, playing for Argentina.
Dybala came a long way from Cordoba, where he as a kid dreamed about winning the Ballon d’Or: “We’d sit around the fire in the summer and I told my friends that [winning the Ballon d’Or] is what I wanted,” he told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair.
“If I win it, it would send out a huge message to many kids; for all of those born like me in small villages far from the great metropolis’ who can hope to be able to tell a similar story to mine one day.”
“When we have a ball at our feet, we footballers are delighted, but what happens behind the scenes is not always all that pretty. When you get to the level that I’m at, often you are a very lonely man,” Dybala explained what it takes to get where he is.
“God gives us this talent, but it’s a talent that you need to work on. I’ve seen so many phenomenal players at youth level – lads who you would say: ‘If only they had their head screwed on, they could have been the next [Diego] Maradona or Messi’.”