Born in Cordoba, Argentina in November of 1993, Paulo Dybala quickly become a phenom in Argentinian Football. At the age of 17, he made his professional debut with his hometown club Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba in Argentina’s second division, Primera B Nacional. He became the youngest to score a goal, as well as the first to play 38 consecutive matches in a professional league in the country and scoring in six consecutive matches, surpassing the previous record of four.
His talent and creative style of play, earning him the nickname of “La Joya” (The Jewel), quickly caught the attention of European Football, bringing him to Italy in 2012, as he made his Serie A debut with Palermo. He topped off his final season with the club in 2015, with 13 goals, 10 of which scored in the first half of the season, and 10 assists making him one of the top assist providers in the league. This led to him initially signing a five-year contract with Juventus, now extended until 2022. He finished his first season as Juventus’ top goal scorer in all competitions and lifting his first of many Serie A champions trophy.
While his Polish and Italian family heritage made him eligible to play for either national teams, Dybala expressed that he feels Argentine and had always dreamt of playing for Argentina. And so, he made his FIFA World Cup debut with “La Albiceleste” in Russia 2018 when he came off the bench against Croatia during the group stage. In 2019, during Copa America’s third place match, he made his first start and scored Argentina’s second goal in a 2-1 victory wining the bronze.