On May 24, 2015, Paulo Dybala confirmed that he will move from Palermo to Juventus in the 2015-2016 season. The transfer is valued at $44.5 million (40 million euro) and the wing player will be a big part of Juventus’ attempt to repeat as Serie A champions.
Here is more information on the young Argentine playmaker:
1. He Has Played Professionally Since He Was 10
He signed a youth contract with Instituto in Cordoba, Argentina at 10. Dybala made his professional debut in the Primera B Nacional with his hometown club Instituto when he was 17 years old. He played 40 games with Instituto, scoring 17 goals. He was also the youngest player to score a goal for Instituto, beating the record of Mario Kempes. He also was the first to score two hat tricks in a season and scored in six consecutive games during the 2011-2012 season.
He signed a four-year contract with Palermo after the 2011-2012 season and scored twice against Sampdoria on November 11, 2012.
2. He Has Scored 38 Professional Goals
He has scored 17 goals for his youth team Instituto and 21 for Palermo. Dybala’s profile heated up as he scored 10 goals in the first half of the 2014-2015 season and finished on top of Serie A in assists.
The one thing mising from Dybala’s profile is goals in European play, an opportunity that will be afforded to him as he now plays for Champions League finalist Juventus.
3. He Is Often Compared to Other Argentine Superstars
As well as being compared to Lionel Messi, many compare Dybala to Sergio Agurero and Javier Pastore.
Dybala is known for his dribbling and close control in limited spaces, as well as his ability to protect and hold up the ball with his back to goal. His pace, positioning, and ball skills are what have made people think he will be one of the best in the world.
Dybala is capable both of creating chances for team-mates as well as scoring goals, due to his powerful and accurate shooting and heading ability. A versatile forward, he is capable of playing in any offensive position, as a striker, supporting forward, attacking midfielder, or even as an inverted winger on the right, where he is able to shoot on goal with his stronger left foot.
4. He Is Of Mixed Decent
He is eligible to play for the Polish, Italian, Argentine national soccer team; his grandfather Boleslaw was born near Kielce, Poland. He obtained Italian citizenship on August 13, 2012. He was approached by Italian coach Cesar Prandelli in December 2012 to play for the Italian national side.
He was offered appointments to both Argentina’s U-17 and U-20 teams, but has yet to be featured for the national side.
5. He Has Two Nicknames
His two nicknames are “La Joya” (the jewel) and “El pibe de la pension” (the kid that creates pension).
Dybala, 21, will bring a young and vibrant energy “La Vecchia Signora” (the Old Lady). Although Juventus was wildly successful in 2014-2015, only four players under the age of 25 started 10 or more games for the side, and one, Paul Pogba, is constantly linked in transfer rumors.