Paulo Dybala

Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaulo ðiˈβala];[A] born 15 November 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina national team. Considered Europe's top five leagues' sixth most expensive player from a transfer value perspective by the CIES,[B][4] he is commonly referred to as "La Joya" ("The Jewel") due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal.[5]

After beginning his career in Argentina with Instituto de Córdoba in 2011, he moved to Italian club Palermo in 2012. He played three seasons for Palermo, two in Serie A and won Serie B in 2013–14. In 2015, he joined Juventus for an initial fee of €32 million and has since made over 100 appearances for the club, winning the double of Serie A and Coppa Italia in each of his three seasons. He has thrice been named in the Serie A Team of the Year. Dybala made his senior international debut for Argentina in 2015 and was chosen for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Paulo Dybala
Dybala with Argentina in 2017
Personal information
Full name Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala[1]
Date of birth 15 November 1993 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Laguna Larga, Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2011 Instituto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Instituto 38 (17)
2012–2015 Palermo 89 (21)
2015– Juventus 125 (57)
National team
2015– Argentina 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Early life

Paulo Dybala was born in Laguna Larga, in Córdoba, Argentina.[6] 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.[7][8] Some of his grandfather's family moved to Canada.[9]

Dybala's family also has Italian origins through his maternal grandmother, named Da Messa, from the Province of Naples.[7][10][11] Dybala officially obtained his Italian citizenship on 13 August 2012.[12]

Club career

Instituto de Córdoba

Nicknamed "La Joya"[13] or "El pibe de la pensión",[14] Dybala made his professional debut in the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) with his hometown club Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba at age 17. In total, he played 40 matches with the club, scoring 17 goals.[15][16] He was the youngest to score a goal, beating the record of Mario Kempes. Dybala was also the first to play 38 consecutive matches in a professional league in the country (again edging Kempes), and was also the first to score two hat-tricks in a season. Dybala also scored in six consecutive games, surpassing the previous record of four matches.[17]


Paulo Dybala - 2015 - US Città di Palermo (corner kick)
Dybala taking a corner for Palermo in 2015.

On 29 April 2012, U.S. Città di Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of Dybala stating, "We have got Paulo Dybala – the new Sergio Agüero."[18] Later the same day, however, Instituto's general secretary José Teaux stated that the man who had completed the negotiations with Palermo did not have the mandate to sell Dybala. Nonetheless, on 20 July 2012 Palermo released a press announcement confirming the signing of Dybala, who signed a four-year deal with the Sicilian club.[19] According to the financial filing of the club, the transfer fee was €8.64 million.[20]

Dybala made his debut for the club in a Serie A match against Lazio. He scored his first and second goal in Italy on 11 November 2012 when Palermo defeated Sampdoria at home, 2–0.[21] Dybala had his breakthrough season in the 2014–15 Serie A where he scored ten goals in the first half of the season, forming a successful striking partnership with fellow Argentine–Italian Franco Vázquez and being linked with several top European clubs.[22] He finished the season with 13 goals and 10 assists, which made him one of the top assist providers in the league.[23]


2015–16 season

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).[24][25] He was assigned the number 21 shirt, previously worn by Andrea Pirlo, who left the club that summer.[26] 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.[27] On 30 August 2015, Dybala scored his first league goal for the club in the 87th minute in a 2–1 defeat to Roma.[28] In his first 16 appearances of the season, Dybala managed six goals and two assists in all competitions, with a ratio of a goal every 151 minutes, which was superior to Carlos Tevez's and Alessandro Del Piero's goalscoring ratios in their debut seasons with Juventus. In the club's history, only Roberto Baggio maintained a superior goalscoring record in the opening games of his debut season.[29]

Dybala scored his first career Coppa Italia goal in a 4–0 win over cross-city rivals Torino on 16 December.[30] On 23 February 2016, Dybala scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 2–2 home draw to Bayern Munich in Juventus' first round of 16 leg.[31] On 15 March, it was announced Dybala would miss the second round of 16 leg of the Champions League against Bayern on 16 March due to an edema overload of his left soleus muscle.[32] He returned to action four days later in a 4–1 away win over Torino,[33] but was substituted after sustaining yet another injury.[34] On 21 April, Dybala scored two goals in a 3–0 home win over Lazio, which took his league tally to 16 goals in 31 appearances and also saw him score his 20th goal of the season in all competitions in the process.[35] He finished the season as Juventus' top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions and 19 goals in Serie A, as the club celebrated their Serie A title victory.[36][37]

2016–17 season

Dybala 2017 (edited)
Dybala with Juventus in 2017

Following the departure of Paul Pogba to Manchester United in the summer of 2016, Dybala was offered the number 10 jersey by Juventus, although he turned it down, preferring to keep the number 21 jersey that he had worn during his previous season.[38] Following manager Massimiliano Allegri's switch to a 4–2–3–1 formation, the 2016–17 season saw Dybala operate in a deeper playmaking role behind the club's new signing Gonzalo Higuaín, which saw a decrease in his goalscoring output as he took on increasing defensive and creative duties.[39][40][41] After struggling to score at the beginning of the season, Dybala scored his first goal of the 2016–17 campaign on 27 September, in a 4–0 away win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.[42] He scored his first Serie A goal of the season that weekend, on 2 October, in a 3–0 away win over Empoli.[43]

On 11 April, Dybala scored two goals in Juventus's first-leg Champions League quarter-final fixture against Barcelona, helping the club to a 3–0 home victory.[44] On 13 April 2017, Dybala renewed his contract with Juventus until 2022.[45] On 3 June, Dybala started in the 2017 Champions League Final, but Juventus were defeated 4–1 by defending champions Real Madrid, missing out on the treble.[46]

2017–18 season

On 4 August 2017, Dybala was named one of the three finalists for the Forward of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League season award.[47] On 9 August, Dybala was confirmed to wear the number 10 shirt for Juventus.[48] On 13 August he scored two goals in a 3–2 defeat to Lazio in the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana.[49] On 15 August, Dybala placed sixth in the 2017 UEFA Best Player of the Year Award.[50] On 26 August, Dybala scored his first hat-trick in Serie A in a 4–2 away win over Genoa.[51] He repeated the feat on 17 September, in his 100th appearance for Juventus, scoring all three goals, including one free-kick, in the club's 3–1 away win over Sassuolo, marking his second hat-trick in Serie A.[52] On 11 March 2018, Dybala scored a brace in a 2–0 home win over Udinese in Serie A; his first goal of the match was also his 100th career goal.[53] He made his 150th appearance in Serie A in a 0–0 away draw against S.P.A.L., on 17 March.[54]

2018–19 season

On 1 September 2018, Dybala made his 100th Serie A appearance for Juventus, coming on as a late second half substitute in a 2–1 away win over Parma.[55][56] On 2 October, Dybala scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 home win over Young Boys in the Champions League.[57] In Juventus's following Champions League group match on 23 October, Dybala scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 away win over Manchester United.[58]

International career

Dybala playing for Argentina against Russia in 2017

Due to his family heritage, Dybala was eligible to play for Poland and Italy, but expressly stated that he feels Argentine and had always dreamed of playing for Argentina.[59] Despite having sealed his decision of representing Argentina's colours, Dybala maintains that he feels a strong connection to his grandfather's country of origin, referring to it as "my family's blood".[60]

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 Argentina senior team by manager Gerardo Martino,[61] but his first appearance was on 13 October 2015, coming off the bench to replace Carlos Tevez in the 75th minute during a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay.[62] In May 2016, he was omitted from Argentina's 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario.[63] Although Juventus insisted that they would not release Dybala for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he was included in Martino's 35-man preliminary under-23 squad for the tournament on 24 May;[64] he was not included in the final squad for the tournament, however.[65]

On 1 September 2016, Dybala was sent off in the first half of a 1–0 home win over Uruguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifier for a second bookable offence.[66] On 13 June 2017, he set up a goal for Joaquín Correa in a 6–0 away friendly win over Singapore.[67]

In May 2018, Dybala was named in Argentina’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia;[68] later that month, he was included in Jorge Sampaoli's final 23-man squad for the tournament.[69] He made his World Cup debut in Argentina's second group match on 21 June, coming on as a second-half substitute for Enzo Pérez in the 68th minute of an eventual 3–0 defeat to Croatia.[70] This was his only appearance in the tournament, as Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 on 30 June, following a 4–3 defeat to France.[71][72][73]

He scored his first senior international goal on 20 November, in a 2–0 friendly home win over Mexico.[74]

Style of play

A quick, creative, elegant, and agile player, with excellent technical ability,[75][76][77][78][79] Dybala is known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces,[79][80][81] as well as his ability to beat opponents in one on one situations and protect or hold up the ball for teammates with his back to goal.[81] Due to his speed on the ball, positioning, intelligent movement, and ball skills, he excels during counter-attacks[81] and at beating the offside trap when making attacking runs.[82][83] A hardworking player, he is also known for his stamina and defensive contribution off the ball.[81][84] 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.[82][83][84][85] Despite his diminutive stature, Dybala is also effective at scoring with his head, due to his acceleration over short distances, and his ability to anticipate defenders inside the box.[79][81][86]

A versatile forward, he is capable of playing in any offensive position: he has been deployed as a main striker, as a centre-forward, as a supporting forward, as an attacking midfielder, as a playmaker, as a false-9,[85][87][88][89][90] or even as an inverted winger on the right flank, where he is able to cut into the centre and curl shots on goal with his stronger left foot.[79][81][89] Because of his work-rate and involvement in the build-up of his team's attacking plays, in addition to his goalscoring ability, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has even deployed Dybala as an offensive-minded central midfielder on occasion (known as a "mezz'ala", in Italian),[91][92] and described him as a "box-to-box player" ("tuttocampista", in Italian) in 2018.[93] He has also operated in a deeper playmaking role on occasion.[94] Dybala is also accurate from both free kicks and penalties.[95][96] His playing style has drawn comparisons with compatriots Sergio Agüero,[18] Javier Pastore,[97] Carlos Tevez,[98] Omar Sívori,[99] Diego Maradona,[100] and Lionel Messi,[75] as well as former Italian forwards Vincenzo Montella,[101] Alessandro Del Piero,[102] and Roberto Baggio,[103] the latter of whom described Dybala as the number 10 of the future in 2017.[104] Widely considered to be a highly talented prospect in world football,[83][84][105][106][107][108][109][110][111] in 2014, Don Balón named him one of the 100 most promising young players in the world born after 1993.[112] Despite his talent, however, his mentality has come into question at times in the media.[113]

After scoring a goal, Dybala is known for using his signature "mask" celebration; regarding the gesture, he commented: "My mask gesture isn't so much a goal celebration but rather a message. It's an ideal mask, which gladiators wore to fight. In Doha against Milan, after we lost Supercoppa, the idea of this celebration was born."[114]

Career statistics


As of match played on 16 April 2019[15]
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 38 17 0 0 2[a] 0 40 17
Palermo 2012–13 Serie A 27 3 1 0 28 3
2013–14 Serie B 28 5 2 0 30 5
2014–15 Serie A 34 13 1 0 35 13
Total 89 21 4 0 93 21
Juventus 2015–16 Serie A 34 19 4 2 7 1 1[b] 1 46 23
2016–17 31 11 5 4 11 4 1[b] 0 48 19
2017–18 33 22 4 1 8 1 1[b] 2 46 26
2018–19 27 5 2 0 9 5 1[b] 0 39 10
Total 125 57 15 7 35 11 4 3 179 78
Career total 252 95 19 7 35 11 6 3 312 116
  1. ^ Appearances in Relegation/promotion playoffs
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana


As of 20 November 2018[115]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2015 3 0
2016 3 0
2017 6 0
2018 6 1
2019 1 0
Total 19 1

International goals

As of match played 20 November 2018. Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Dybala goal.[115]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 November 2018 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina 18  Mexico 2–0 2–0 Friendly






  1. ^ In isolation, Dybala is pronounced [diˈβala].
  2. ^ As of 7 January 2019


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2012–13 U.S. Città di Palermo season

U.S. Città di Palermo played the 2012–13 season in Serie A, the ninth consecutive season for the Sicilian club in the Italian top flight since their return to the league in 2004.

2014–15 U.S. Città di Palermo season

The 2014–15 season was U.S. Città di Palermo's first season back in Serie A after having been relegated at the end of the 2012–13 season. The club competed in Serie A, finishing 11th, and in the Coppa Italia, where Palermo were eliminated early in the third round at the hands of Modena.

2015 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2015 Supercoppa Italiana was the 28th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, Italian football supercup. It was played on 8 August 2015 at the Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai, China. With Juventus winning both the 2014–15 Serie A championship and the 2014–15 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2014–15 Coppa Italia runners-up, Lazio.

Juventus won the game 2-0.

2015–16 Juventus F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Juventus Football Club's 118th in existence and ninth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. Juventus added a third star to their jersey with new kit manufacturers Adidas in addition to the Coppa Italia badge for winning their tenth Coppa Italia the previous season. On 25 April 2016, the club won their fifth straight title (and 32nd overall) since last winning five straight between 1930–31 and 1934–35, after second place Napoli lost to Roma to give Juventus mathematical certainty of the title with three games to spare. After winning only three of their first ten league matches and losing to Sassuolo on 28 October 2015, which left them in 12th place, the team went on a run of 25 matches in which they took 73 points of a possible 75, and secured the title. On 21 May, the club then won the Coppa Italia for the 11th time, and their second straight title, becoming the first team in Italy's history to complete Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles in back-to-back seasons.

2016 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2016 Supercoppa Italiana was the 29th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, Italian football supercup. It was played on 23 December 2016 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. With Juventus winning both the 2015–16 Serie A championship and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan. Milan won 4–3 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time.

2017 Ballon d'Or

The 2017 Ballon d'Or was the 62nd annual award recognising the best male footballer in the world for 2017.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the award on 7 December 2017 equalling the highest tally of Ballons D'Or in history, sharing the honour with Lionel Messi.

2017 Coppa Italia Final

The 2017 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2016–17 Coppa Italia, the 70th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 17 May 2017 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Lazio.Juventus won the match 2–0 with two first-half goals from Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci, winning their third consecutive Coppa Italia title and 12th title overall.

2017 Superclásico de las Américas

The 2017 Superclásico de las Américas – Copa Doctor Nicolás Leoz was the fourth edition of the Superclásico de las Américas. The match was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.

2017 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2017 Supercoppa Italiana was the 30th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian football super cup. It was played on 13 August 2017 in Rome, Italy. With Juventus winning both the 2016–17 Serie A championship and the 2016–17 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2016–17 Coppa Italia runners-up, Lazio. Lazio won the match 3–2 and claimed their fourth Supercoppa title.

2017–18 Juventus F.C. season

The 2017–18 season was Juventus Football Club's 120th in existence and 11th consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. From 1 July 2017, the Juventus Stadium is known as the Allianz Stadium of Turin for six seasons until 30 June 2023. During the previous season, president Agnelli announced that a new Juventus logo would be introduced, revealing a video showing the introduction of the new logo. The logo shows the word Juventus on top, with two capital Js shown together in different fonts with a small opening between them to almost make a bigger J. Agnelli said that the logo reflects "the Juventus way of living". In this season, Juventus introduced their new logo on the kits. On 16 February 2018, the first three episodes of a docu-series called First Team: Juventus, which followed the club throughout the season, by spending time with the players behind the scenes both on and off the field, was released on Netflix; the other three episodes were released on 6 July 2018.On 9 May 2018, Juventus won their 13th Coppa Italia title, and fourth in a row, in a 4–0 win over Milan, extending the all-time record of successive Coppa Italia titles. Four days later on 13 May, following a 0–0 draw with Roma, Juventus secured their seventh consecutive Serie A title, extending the all-time record of successive triumphs in the competition. Four days later, iconic Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced his farewell to Serie A (and the national football team). He left Serie A after 23 career seasons, the last 17 being with Juventus, nine league titles, and 640 caps, the second highest in Serie A.

2017–18 Serie A

The 2017–18 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 116th season of top-tier Italian football, the 86th in a round-robin tournament and the 8th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus were the six-time defending champions. The season ran from 19 August 2017 to 20 May 2018.The season was marred by the death of Davide Astori, the captain of Fiorentina, due to heart problems.

2018 Coppa Italia Final

The 2018 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the 71st season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 9 May 2018 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Milan.

Juventus won the match 4–0 with all four goals coming in the second half, winning their fourth consecutive Coppa Italia title and 13th title overall. This was the fifth time these teams met in the Coppa Italia Final, with Juventus winning previously in 1942, 1990 and 2016, and Milan winning in the 1973 final.

2018–19 Juventus F.C. season

The 2018–19 season is Juventus Football Club's 121st in existence and 12th consecutive season in the top-flight of Italian football.

On 10 July 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest ever transfer for an Italian club with his €100 million transfer from Real Madrid.

Chihiro Noda

Chihiro Noda (野田 智裕, Noda Chihiro, born August 17, 1988 in Kumamoto) is a Japanese soccer player. He plays attacking positions. In 2015, he got the Golden boot (Top Goal Scorer) in the Philippines. Noda and Paulo Dybala have played together when Noda was in Argentina.

Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba

Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba (commonly referred as Instituto or Instituto de Córdoba) is an Argentine sports club from the city Córdoba, whose professional football team currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second division of the Argentine football league system.

Famous players who have played at Instituto include Osvaldo Ardiles, Mario Alberto Kempes, José Luis Saldaño, Hugo Curioni, Alberto Beltrán, Raúl de La Cruz Chaparro, Salvador Mastrosimone, Marcelo Bielsa, Ernesto Corti, Diego Klimowicz, Mauricio Caranta, Oscar Dertycia, Alejandro Faurlín, Gonzalo Bergessio, Daniel "Miliki" Jiménez, Paulo Dybala, Ramón Ábila, Silvio Romero.

The basketball team currently plays at Liga Nacional de Básquetbol (LNB), the first division of Liga Nacional de Básquetbol league system.


Kraśniów [ˈkraɕɲuf] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Opatowiec, within Kazimierza County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in south-central Poland. It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) north of Opatowiec, 18 km (11 mi) east of Kazimierza Wielka, and 69 km (43 mi) south of the regional capital Kielce.

Maximiliano Meza (footballer, born 1992)

Maximiliano Eduardo Meza (born 15 December 1992) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Monterrey and the Argentina national team.


Paulo is Portuguese masculine given name equivalent to English Paul. Notable people with the name include:

Paulo Jr.

Paulo Jr. (footballer)

Paulo Almeida, Brazilian footballer

Paulo André Cren Benini, (born 1983), Brazilian football defender

Paulo de Carvalho (born 1947), Portuguese singer-songwriter and actor

Paulo Coelho (born 1947), Brazilian lyricist and novelist

Paulo Fernando Craveiro, Brazilian author

Paulo Freire (1921-1997), Brazilian educator and philosopher

Paulo R. Holvorcem, Brazilian amateur astronomer, a prolific discoverer of asteroids

Paulo Jorge (disambiguation)

Paulo Kanoa (1802–1885), Governor of Kauaʻi

Paulo P. Kanoa (1832–1895), Governor of Kauaʻi

Paulo Miklos (born 1959), Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, musician and actor

Paulo Antonio de Oliveira (born 1982), Brazilian football striker

Paulo Orlando (born 1985), Brazilian-born Major League Baseball player

Paulo Ribenboim, (born 1928) is a Brazilian-born mathematician who specializes in number theory

Paulo Rogério da Silva (born 1970), also known as Gero Camilo, Brazilian actor, director, poet and musician

Paulo Santos, several people

Paulo Dybala (born 1993), Argentine professional footballer also called “La Joya”

Serie A Team of the Year

The Serie A Team of the Year AIC (in Italian: Squadra dell’anno AIC) is an annual award given to a set of 11 footballers in the top tier of Italian football, the Serie A, who are seen to be the best eleven players of the calendar season. It is awarded within the Gran Galà del Calcio event.

The award has been presented since the 2010–11 season. The shortlist is compiled by the members of the players' trade union, the Italian Footballers' Association (AIC).

Juventus F.C. – current squad

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