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Paulo Dybala – The Juventus star overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A
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With 2019 Copa America coming up, let’s talk about the Argentine star forward Paulo Dybala.

Paulo Dybala was born on 15 November 1993 in Laguna Larga, Argentina. His love for football was apparent from a very young age.

He never missed an opportunity to play the beautiful game and joined the Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba youth academy in 2003, when he was only 10 years old.

The striker made his professional debut at the age of 17 in Primera B Nacional – the second tier of Argentine football. He played 38 league games for his hometown club, netting 17 times in the 2011-12 campaign.

Dybala broke a few records in his debut season, becoming the youngest player to score in a professional league in Argentina, beating the record of Mario Kempes. He was also the first player to score two hat-tricks in a season and became the first player in the league to score in six consecutive games.

Palermo’s scouts noticed Dybala’s amazing talent and signed the youngster in the summer of 2012. The Argentine failed to adapt to life in Seria A right away, as he scored only eight goals in his first two campaigns in Italian football.

His breakthrough season came in 2014-15 when he managed to establish himself as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, noting 13 goals and 10 assists in the league.

Juventus didn’t want to lose time and secured the services of the talented striker at the end of the season for a fee of €32 million, plus €8 million in add-ons.

Dybala was already a star in Italy when he joined the Bianconeri, known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces. The Argentine is a quick, creative and agile football player, who possesses great technical skills and goalscoring ability.

His primary position is a second striker, but he can also play on the right wing, thanks to his speed and ability to beat opponents in one on one situations.

Juventus fans fell in love with him immediately, as the 22-year old at the time, scored 23 goals and provided nine assists in all competitions in his first season at the Allianz Stadium. Dybala continued to show great performances in the black and white jersey over the past few years, winning four consecutive Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia trophies.

He also reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2017, but Juventus suffered a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in a game where Dybala failed to perform on his very best level.

Nicknamed ‘La Joya’ which means ‘The Jewel’ in Spanish, Paulo Dybala made his debut for the Argentina national team in October 2015. He has played only 19 games for his country, with the upcoming Copa America in Brazil this summer, being the real opportunity for the striker to finally shine in the national team’s kit.

The Argentine didn’t really enjoy the 2018-19 campaign in Juventus, scoring only 10 goals for the club in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival may be the reason behind his disappointing numbers, as Ronaldo established himself as ‘the star of the team’ throughout the campaign.

Paulo Dybala may even be out of Juventus in the next summer, with several Premier League clubs being interested in the 25-year old striker.