Born 15 November 1993, Paulo Bruno Dybala is an Argentine professional footballer who plays Juventus and the Argentina national team. Considered Europe’s top five leagues’ and 23rd most valuable player. There is no doubt that much about the famous Juventus star is known, but not all so here are 11 things you may not have known about him.
- Early life.
Dybala was born in Laguna Larga, Córdoba, Argentina. He has polish ancestral roots as his grandfather, Bolesław Dybała, was from the village of Kraśniów in Poland and had moved to Argentina during World War II while he also has Italian origins through his maternal great grandmother, whose surname was Da Messa, from the Province of Naples. Dybala obtained Italian citizenship on 13 August 2012. Dybala was raised in a middle-class family. His father was Adolfo Dybala and his mother is named Alicia de Dybala. The couple has two older sons, named Mariano and Gustavo. Growing up, Dybala took an interest in football with the support of his father as he would follow him to matches and ensured he trained without disturbance. Unfortunately, in 2008, while he was just 15 years old, his father died.
Dybala is known as “La Joya” which means “The Jewel” due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal. The story goes that during Dybala’s early years, Argentine journalist Marcos Villalobo, was in attendance during a game in which young Dybala was playing and mesmerized by him, Villalobo named him ‘La Joya’. The nickname has subsequently been adopted by the fans and his teammates. This is while his other nickname is ‘El pibe de la pensión’ which means ‘The kid that creates the pension’. He got the nickname ‘El pibe de la pension’ after his father’s untimely death, which forced him to move out of his house and shift to Cordoba’s guesthouse. Dybala has also another nickname which one of his teammates and friends has given him. “Square R2” is the nickname that Paul Pogba used to call Dybala.
The young brilliant player is 5 ft. 10 in (1.77 m) tall and he weighs 75 kg. His hair color is Dark Brown and he has got light blue eyes.
- Net Worth, Endorsements, Sponsorships and Salary.
Like many other famous faces in the world, Dybala is earning money not just from playing football, but also from sponsorship and endorsement deals he makes with brands such as Adidas, Nike, New Balance, and others. Paulo Dybala estimated net worth of $25 million as of 2020 and his annual salary of 5.5 million euro with the new contract while the previous contract paid him $3.4 million. His current weekly wage is reported to be 60,000 euro. His market value price is 110 million euro.
- Wife & Girlfriends.
Paulo Dybala is not married. His first girlfriend was Antonella Cavalieri who is a model. Later he started a relationship with Givera Sozzi. The sizzling Sozzi had not much to do in star footballer’s life as the relationship was short lived and Him getting back with his former girlfriend. His current girlfriend is Oriana Sabatini who is simply known as Oriana in the music business. She is a 24-year-old pop singer, actress and model in Argentina, who was born in Buenos Aires. She is also related to sporting royalty in her own country as her aunt is the incredibly famous Gabriela Sabatini, who won the US Open back in 1990.She began writing her first songs at the age of 8, inviting her neighbours round her home to watch her perform. Sabatini met Dybala at a show in 2017, when she supported Ariana Grande. They both recently tested positive for Covid 19, luckily they are in perfect condition.
- His tattoos and their meanings.
He has got a tattoo of a football with a crown on his left calf, which shows his love, affection and dedication towards the game. He also has an Arabic script inscribed on his left rib cage near to his heart. In the interview with the same Argentinian magazine, he said that it is the most important tattoo for him as it is his mother’s name, Alice, inked in the Arabic language. His other tattoo is another Arabic script inked on his right calf, which is his father’s name, Adolfo.
- Who are his best friends?
It has to be said that there is no doubt that Dybala has many friends in his life, but he has chosen Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo as the closest ones.
- His hobbies.
The 26-year-old is interested in watching Movies, playing video games, listening to music, watching TV series and also collecting cars as he has a collection of Sports cars, Ferrari, Range Rover, and Audi A1.
- Dybala was spoilt for choice – Argentina, Italy or Poland.
As we mentioned, Dybala has ancestral roots in Poland and Italy and so he had the option to choose between three countries to represent on the international stage which were Argentina, Poland and Italy. Dybala could have chosen to represent either Poland or Italy, however, he chose to turn up for the Albeiceste, a team boasting the likes of Messi and Aguero among others. He fell for Argentine and always dreamt of representing La Albiceleste.
- Dybala almost quit Football.
In the year 2008, Paulo Dybala lost his father to intestinal cancer. Dybala, then 15 years old, was extremely close to his dad and had to take a long break of six months from professional football to be with the person he loved most in the World.
- The Dybalamask and His Favorite Movie
A self-confessed moviebuff, Paulo Dybala’s favorite movie is Gladiator. He claims to have watched the movie over 30 times and also celebrates his goals with his famous “Dybalamask” celebration inspired from the movie. Gladiator fans would love this about Paulo Dybala.
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