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.
After beginning his career in Argentina with Instituto de Córdoba in 2011, he moved to Italian club Palermo in 2012; his performances in Serie A later earned him a transfer to Juventus in 2015, where he won the league title, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana during his first season with the club.
Due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal, he has been nicknamed “La Joya” (“The Jewel” in Spanish).
Paulo Dybala was born in Laguna Larga, in Córdoba, Argentina. 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. Dybala’s family also has Italian origins through his maternal grandmother, named Da Messa, from the Province of Naples. Dybala officially obtained his Italian citizenship on 13 August 2012.
Nicknamed “La Joya” or “El pibe de la pensión“, 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. 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.