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Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala
Personal information
Full name Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala
Date of birth 15 November 1993 (1993-11-15) (age 24)
Place of birth    Laguna Larga, Córdoba, Flag of Argentina Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of Italy Juventus
Number 10
Youth clubs
2003–2011 Flag of Argentina Instituto
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2011–2012
2012–2015
2015–
Flag of Argentina Instituto
Flag of Italy Palermo
Flag of Italy Juventus
038 0(17)
089 0(21)
098 0(52)   
National team
2015– Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 013 00(0)

Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala (born 15 November 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina national team. Due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal, he is nicknamed "La Joya" ("The Jewel").

Born and bred in Laguna Larga in Cordoba, Argentina, Dybala started his career as a footballer at the age of 17, joining local club Instituto. His Primera B Nacional – Argentina’s second division – debut went superbly as he stood tall as the youngest player to score for the club with overthrowing Mario Kempes. His performances started attracting interest from coaches all around Argentina and from the clubs in Europe as well.

In 2012 he was contacted by the Italian club Palermo. Dybala saw a chance to increase his skill and so he joined the club. He was regarded as the new Messi as he is from the same country as the little magician. He stayed with the club for 3 years, two in Serie A and won Serie B in 2013–14. In 2015 he signed for the Italian giants Juventus amid many transfer speculation that connected him to every major club in the world.

He was signed by the club for a reported fee of around €32 million. He has since then been a part of the Juventus team that went to the semifinals of the Champions League in 2015–16 season. Dybala has made over 100 appearances for the club, winning the double of Serie A and Coppa Italia in each of his three seasons. He has twice been named in the Serie A Team of the Year.

Dybala was eligible to play for Italy and Poland, but he chose to play for Argentina instead. He actually restrained himself from playing for Argentina under-17 and under-20 sides, but he accepted a call to play for the senior Argentina side and finally began his journey for Argentina on 13 October 2015 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers match against Paraguay. He was not included in the Copa América Centenario squad, but was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, although he only made appearance as substitute in only one match against Croatia.

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Dybala celebrates with his trademark celebration.

Dybala's style of play is that he is known for being very quick and agile. He has amazing technical ability, and is very creative with the ball. Dybala is also known for his dribbling skills, and his ability to maintain control of the ball in limited spaces. His balance is unparalled as well. He also has an uncanny ability to beat his oponent to a ball, or protect it for his other team mates. He does this by keeping his back to the goal and holding up the ball.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played on 19 May 2018
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Instituto de Córdoba 2011–12 Primera B Nacional 3817002104017
Palermo 2012–13 Serie A 27310283
2013–14 Serie B 28520305
2014–15 Serie A 3413103513
Total 8921409321
Juventus 2015–16 Serie A 341942711214623
2016–17 3111541141204819
2017–18 332241811224626
Total 98521372663314068
Career total 2259017726653273106

International

As of 21 June 2018
National teamYearAppsGoals
Argentina 201530
201630
201760
201810
Total130

Honours

Palermo

Juventus

Individual

External links

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Juventus F.C. squad - 2017-18

1 Buffon (c) · 3 Chiellini · 4 Benatia · 5 Pjanić · 6 Khedira · 7 Cuadrado · 8 Marchisio · 9 Higuaín · 12 Sandro · 14 Mattiello · 15 Barzagli · 17 Mandžukić · 18 Lemina · 19 Bonucci · 20 Pjaca · 21 Dybala · 22 Asamoah · 23 Szczęsny · 24 Rugani · 25 Neto · 26 Lichtsteiner · 27 Sturaro · 28 Rincón · 29 De Ceglie · 32 Audero · 34 Kean · 38 Mandragora ·

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Argentina – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16

1. Guzmán 2. Mercado 3. Tagliafico 4. Ansaldi 5. Biglia 6. Fazio 7. Banega 8. Acuña 9. Higuaín 10. Messi (c) 11. Di María 12. Armani 13. Meza 14. Mascherano 15. Lanzini* 15. Pérez* 16. Rojo 17. Otamendi 18. Salvio 19. Agüero 20. Lo Celso 21. Dybala 22. Pavón 23. Caballero