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Name Paulo Dybala
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc Dybala is usually warming the bench at Juventus behind Cristiano Ronaldo, so his interest could be sparked with joining a Mourinho-led team. Coming so soon after the near-miss, the deal could probably be picked up again relatively quickly, and the player may lower his demands to ensure he gets the move through this time. It’d certainly be a name to excite Spurs fans

Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Player Juventus

2015 03 07 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala on Barcelona] I would swim to Barcelona if they came knocking

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala expresses his admiration for Zinedine Zidane] I would love to play with him [Zinedine Zidane], we all know his qualities. I admired his technique as he was playing in the field, how he dribbled opponents, doing things with great simplicity and making it all very easy. Everyone has seen what a player he was, now he is proving to be good also as a coach

2017 08 19 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybalare flects on his club’s defeat by Real Madrid in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final] I kept thinking it was a nightmare, hoping that I would wake up. We had beaten very important teams on the way. We had never conceded more than two goals, and they scored three in 45 minutes. It was 45 minutes when we were not ourselves, 45 minutes that destroyed everything. The pain of losing that final will be with me until I lift that trophy. I will be a lot calmer then

2017 11 25 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala speaks about his admiration for fellow countryman Lionel Messi] I’ve always admired Ronaldinho, but Leo is like Diego Maradona for our generation. It’s an honour to play with him in the national team. He dragged us to the World Cup with his hat-trick against Ecuador and is a born leader

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala opens up about life as a professional footballer] 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. 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’

2018 03 26 Retrieve

[Current Juve star Paulo Dybala is also eligible to play for both Italy and Argentina, as well as Poland, but chose to commit to the Albiceleste] I feel 100 per cent Argentinian, though I look foreign with these pale eyes. When I had to choose, I had no doubts. I didn’t make any calculations. I know that I’d have less competition for Italy or Poland, but I want to play for Argentina and I never asked questions or thought about switching sides

I wouldn’t be happy in a national team that didn’t feel like mine, to hear an anthem that isn’t my own, in colours that don’t belong to me. My friend Franco Vazquez has an Italian mother. I only have an Italian passport thanks to a great-grandmother who I know nothing about. He feels Italian, I don’t

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are monsters who are convinced they are the best player on the pitch in every game] Outside the pitch, they are two very quiet people, but inside they are two monsters. I heard Luis Scola [Argentinian basketball player] said both Leo and Cristiano enter the field convinced that they are the best and that is why they are the best. And I am sure that is so. My friends used to tell me: ‘You have the best in the national team and now they bring you the best one at your club’. I replied: ‘It is an advantage for me.’

I can study them every day. Who doesn’t want to play with the best? We are talking about two phenomenal players; two players who are one or two steps above the rest. They are at the top on a football level and also at a mental level. It is not easy to keep going and score 40 goals every year. It is crazy. In the history of football, great players have played at great teams and have not achieved what they did. They have been good for each other

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Dybala drops Paul Pogba future hint as Juventus star admits to celebration target] Paul and I have a good relationship and when he played here we were always looking for a new way to celebrate goals. We scored a lot of goals so the celebrations changed often. I hope that one day we will be able to celebrate again together

A player always dreams of arriving at a club like this. It’s a dream to be able to wear these colours and to win titles for us and for the fans. I also dream of winning something important on a personal level with this club

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[At the end of a long conversation comes the inevitable question, if only for a laugh. Which, by the way, it gets. So, about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again] I’m the only player who shares a dressing room with both and people only see the tip of the iceberg, not the work beneath; they haven’t won all they’ve won because they’ve been lucky. And, yeah, I know people have to ask but they must know what I’m going to say

[Go on then, who’s better? Dybala makes a play of looking out of the window at the Alps] I can’t answer that

A lot of the time, you have difficult moments and you have to go out there and fight anyway: not just in football, in life. Bad things happen, to me or anyone, difficult times in life, but you have to keep going: put the mask on like gladiators do, and fight. Every battle. That was the idea I tried to transmit. People liked it, understood it. And that’s pleasing because the messages you send aren’t always interpreted the way you’d like

I’d like to go, although there’s no family left. It’s a tiny place, eight or nine houses. Some Polish journalists put me in touch with my grandfather’s daughter but she passed away. There are cousins in Canada and we’ve spoken but not met. I want to. I tried to get a Polish passport but we couldn’t find some of my grandfather’s documents and we got Italian passports from my mother’s side instead. One day, I will. I feel maybe more Polish than Italian. Personality-wise, my dad was more Polish; my middle brother, exactly the same. All of us, a bit. Maybe a bit colder, Polish blood. Italians tend to be more emotional

[Dybala’s grandfather died when Paulo was four. His father, Adolfo, died when Paulo was 15. A football fan, Adolfo drove his son to Córdoba every day, a 70-mile round trip, to train with the second division side Instituto until, at 14, Dybala went permanently, living in the home of Faustino and Orlando and their grandchildren. But when Adolfo developed a tumour, Paulo asked to return to Laguna Larga] I was young and it was very hard. My mother suffered a lot, my brothers too. You see the pain but you continue. I’m not the first to go through that and won’t be the last. Sadly, that’s the circle of life. Now we have someone helping us from above. I thought: ‘I’ll ditch [football]. Ditch it’ in the sense of [not] leaving my family to play in Córdoba. I didn’t want to. I would have kept playing in my town but I wasn’t going to chase that dream any more.

My refuge was my family. When Instituto called, I didn’t feel like going. I was 15, I couldn’t hide how hard it was: football was no refuge. I went back because it was my passion and my family pushed me. If not, my mindset was to leave it.

[My refuge was my family. When Instituto called, I didn’t feel like going. I was 15, I couldn’t hide how hard it was: football was no refuge. I went back because it was my passion and my family pushed me. If not, my mindset was to leave it] Things eventually came to light. There are still some people with legal issues in Argentina. Football has become a huge business. We’re on the inside but a lot of the time you can’t do anything. I was very young

But I was very happy. From the second division to Serie A was an enormous change but I was convinced. My family came and the adventure began in Palermo. The first year didn’t go well. It was all new and in truth it was a difficult dressing room; an older squad which was difficult when things went badly. We were struggling, results were bad. I was a kid, seeing a lot of things. Now I’m grateful because the experience became a lesson. Here, at Juventus, you ‘always win’, right? Everything’s nice. It was the opposite there but the second season was great. We won the second division and personally it was good

[When he signed, Maurizio Zamparini, the Palermo president, announced him as the new Sergio Agüero – just one of many names thrown at him, including Messi, Sívori, and Tevez] If you believe that, it weighs on you. but I always said I didn’t want to be the new anything, I want people to say my goals, my moves, are ‘like Dybala’, not anyone else. Messi, [Omar] Sívori, and Agüero won incredible things. I wanted to win my things, not theirs. There was criticism because it was €8m for a 17-year-old, their highest transfer ever. I left for €40m and when I got here, the first thing they asked was about the fee. You think about the prices paid now

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Dybala admits nearly leaving Juventus amid Man Utd and Tottenham links] I was close to leaving. That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting. I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either. We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay. That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second. But I’m here, at a club that has treated me well. I’m happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri’s arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn’t know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself

[Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini had labelled Dybala the new Sergio Aguero when the attacker signed] If you believe that, it weighs on you, but I always said I didn’t want to be the new anything, I want people to say my goals, my moves, are ‘like Dybala’, not anyone else. [Lionel] Messi, [Omar] Sivori, and Aguero won incredible things. I wanted to win my things, not theirs. There was criticism because it was €8million for a 17-year-old, their highest transfer ever. I left for €40m and when I got here, the first thing they asked was about the fee. You think about the prices paid now

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Dybala was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham last summer] I was close to leaving. That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting. I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either. We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay. That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second. But I’m here, at a club that has treated me well. I’m happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri’s arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn’t know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself

[While Sarri is a big fan of Dybala, he’s struggled at times to incorporate the Argentine into his starting side this season] Leaving Paulo Dybala out is practically blasphemy, but we have so many strong attacking players and can’t use them all at once. The balance of the team is essential and against Fiorentina, Gonzalo Higuain was more useful. If we were to use all four together, it would end up sacrificing many of the positive characteristics of these players. For example, it’d be a waste to use Cristiano Ronaldo on the wing

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Dybala denies he has coronavirus as Juventus remain on lockdown] Hello everyone, I wanted to confirm that I am well and in voluntary isolation. Thank you all for the messages and I hope you are well

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Dybala recounts struggle with coronavirus] I feel good, much better in fact, after having had some strong symptoms for a couple of days. Today I feel much better, without any symptoms and I can move much better, so I will try to train again. After having attempted to in the days where the symptoms were strong, I felt uncomfortable very quickly and I couldn’t get any air so I couldn’t do anything. After about five minutes I felt really tired and my body felt heavy, my muscles hurt and I had to stop. But luckily both me and my girlfriend feel much better now

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Dybala to Juventus team-mate Ronaldo: We hate you in Argentina!] I said to him, ‘Cristiano, in Argentina, we hate you a bit because of your figure, because of how you are, of how you walk. The truth is that you’ve surprised me because I’ve found you to be different’.

[Dybala says he has since talked tactics with Messi as the two have looked to find an understanding of how they fit together positionally] I’ve never intended to criticise a team-mate, I simply wanted to improve something that was happening. I spoke about it with Leo because we’re both very similar tactically. I didn’t have many minutes at the World Cup or the Copa America but, at the same time, I always respected the decisions of the coaches because Argentina is very prestigious

2020 04 01b Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala has admitted he was scared after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other teammates and the last one was me. d headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s okay now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms. I used to get tired faster. I wanted to train, but after five minutes I was already out of breath, and that’s when we realized that something wasn’t right, then the tests revealed that we were positive for the virus. A lot of people die here every day, things are very bad. You can’t handle cases anymore, that’s why many countries have sent their doctors. It’s not a lie, you have to be careful. People have to stay at home

[Dybala went on to reveal that a unanimous decision was reached after captain Giorgio Chiellini led a meeting to go over the club’s plans to balance the books] Chiellini spoke to the president, then to the group. We talked about it, there were different opinions, there were players who lacked one or two games to reach a clause, but this was the best thing to do

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala explained the difference between Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri and how he shares his ideas with the current Juventus coach] The differences between Allegri and Sarri? At Juve Allegri he asked me to assist Mandzukic, as Vazquez did with me at Palermo. I was doing the linking, I had to sacrifice myself defensively and perform three tasks. In the following years the coach gave me total freedom of movement, and so I started playing attacker, midfielder and winger. I was doing what he wanted. Even with Sarri I already play in three roles and with Ronaldo I am finding a great connection. My character? I am very demanding with myself, I often ask myself what I am doing wrong and how I can improve

This you have to do for the greater reason if you play in Juventus, where you can always fight for something important, including the Champions League. I often talk to the coach, we discuss our ideas without problems

[The Argentine has been compared with another Bianconeri legend, Omar Sivori] Here they love him, at the stadium and at the museum there are many of his photographs. My brother and I met his son in a hotel in the center. It is an honour to be compared to him, he was an incredible player and a very important figure in the history of the club

2020 04 02b Retrieve

[Mythbuster: Is Ronaldo really a great free-kick taker?] We know how it works. On the left, there’s Cristiano; we just stand there to make for a good photograph!

2020 04 02c Retrieve

[Juventus star Paulo Dybala is one of the survivors of Covid-19 and he revealed the ‘psychological’ struggles he had with the illness] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other teammates and the last one was me. We had headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s okay now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Paulo Dybala on Coronavirus symptoms] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other team-mates and the last one was me. We had headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s OK now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Juventus star Dybala admits reaction after coronavirus diagnosis] To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and training that much. I feel like I need to train, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because training at home isn’t the same on my own. I need to put my boots on and run, score a goal… As I always say, when you are passionate you make everything twice as important. It’s been too long without training. We don’t know exactly when we’ll be back. It’s not like a holiday, when you know you’ll be resting for a certain amount of time. I know my only job is to relax and keep in good shape, but nothing major as opposed to now. It started as being one week, then one more, then one more, so I train here but it’s not the same

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Juventus confirm Dybala tests negative for coronavirus] My face says it all, I’m finally cured from Covid-19.

[Dybala has spoken about how difficult his break from football] To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and training that much. I feel like I need to train, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because training at home isn’t the same on my own

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again] I couldn’t overlook a shirt like this, of course. It’s from Manchester, from my friend Paul, whom I admire as a person even more than as a football player. I had the chance to share great things with him and hopefully I can repeat that someday

To score and to win a game in that way makes it even sweeter, and to be able to swap shirts with your friend is one of the most beautiful things you can do in football

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Dybala yet to fully recover from coronavirus as Serie A restart approaches] I had coronavirus, but I feel much better now. I am still not quite at 100 per cent, but I’m pretty good. We’ve started training again and football is coming back, so soon we will be able to do what we love the most. I hope we can have fun and entertain. I think it will be useful because we will have many consecutive football matches, and people like us who love this wonderful sport will have the opportunity to watch a different game every day

I couldn’t overlook a shirt like this, of course. It’s from Manchester, from my friend Paul, whom I admire as a person even more than as a football player. I had the chance to share great things with him and hopefully I can repeat that someday

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Dybala confirms Man Utd & Tottenham talks as he reveals why he wanted Juventus stay] It was more or less last year at this point when Juventus didn’t want to count on me, didn’t want me to continue playing here. That’s when I was contacted and there were some clubs that were interested in me. Among those were Manchester United and Tottenham. I think for a long time there were conversations, then Paris Saint-Germain also appeared. I did not speak directly to any of them, but there were conversations with the clubs. However, my intention at the time was to stay. I hadn’t had a good year or a positive last six months, so I didn’t want to leave with that image because I think I had given the club a lot of nice moments and it wasn’t fair that I went like this. So I also communicated that my intention was to stay, work to grow and give my best here. Obviously it was not easy because Juventus’ intentions were different, but after the market closed, there was no more time and with the arrival of [Maurizio] Sarri I grew a lot. The team started playing football much better and that made me stay and I’ve had a great year until today

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Dybala admits it would be very nice to play for Barcelona] The truth is that Barcelona is huge team worldwide and with dcfe23c65693471fe3e336d91903cfd3 there even bigger. It would be very nice, but 6c86d432f3d25eb78036fb567df69c1a is also an incredible club, very big, full of history, where there are currently great players. There’s enough quality here to make two teams and the chance to play with [Gianluigi] Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo, who make the club even bigger.

[Dybala, who has scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in 34 games this season, said he was still waiting] For now there is nothing, really. I have a year and a half left on my contract, which is not much, and I understand that with all this that has happened [coronavirus] it isn’t easy for the club, but other players have also renewed, so we are here waiting. Obviously I am a player of this club and I am happy to be here. People love me very much and I love the people very much. I have great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my president and surely at some point they will come to chat – or maybe not, I don’t know. At some point maybe there may be some possible renewal, but it depends on Juventus

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal] Renewal? For now there is nothing. I have a year-and-a-half left on my contract, it is not so much, and I understand that since what happened with the coronavirus it is not easy for the club, but other players have renewed. Let’s wait, it depends on Juventus

I am happy to be here, people love me very much and I love people very much. I have a great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my president and we will certainly talk at some point