Ever since this 21-year-old hotshot from Palermo arrived in Piedmont way back in 2015, he was treated by Juventini as one of their own. They saw him blossom from the outset as most became enamoured with his distinct aesthetic and the ease at which he entertained the masses.
Superstardom appeared inevitable when his brace helped the Old Lady to a memorable 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2017; avenging their defeat in Berlin two years prior.
And while the little magician perhaps never met the soaring heights he was once projected, Paulo Dybala will undoubtedly go down as a modern day Juventus great. The 28-year-old will have the chance to add to his 283 total appearances, 113 goals and impressive collection of silverware before he departs in the summer.
Knowing that La Joya has a maximum of ten games left in Bianconeri colours is a tough pill to swallow, and it undoubtedly hurts the player, too. “I love Juventus,” Dybala said back in 2020.
As an institution, Juventus has been built around hard-work, winning and grinta. But throughout their history, they’ve always boasted a romanticist who brought an edge of beauty to the Old Lady’s innate grittiness. It was Michel Platini in the 80s, Alessandro Del Piero either side of the Millennium and Dybala in the present day.
And it’s for that reason why Paulo ‘La Joya’ Dybala will be sorely missed in Turin.