U.S. Città di Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of young Argentine Paulo Dybala in the summer of 2012 by stating "We have got Paulo Dybala – the new Sergio Agüero".
This statement may not be entirely true, but this is because Paulo Dybala has the potential to become even better than Sergio Aguero, believe it or not.
Dybala, still relatively unknown and understated, is already a superstar in the making. A diamond in the rough, made in Córdoba, Argentina, whose talents are beginning to sparkle on the north coast of Sicily, with a Palermo side gallant after returning back to the Italian top flight after an absence of just one season.
The Argentinian is one of just five players in Europe’s major leagues to reach double figures in both goals and assists this season, in the close company of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 21-year-old Rosanero striker has started turning heads all over Europe. He has been heavily linked with clubs such as Juventus, Roma, Arsenal and Machester United this season, and his agent has confirmed offers from both Chelsea and PSG have already been received.
The next big thing
I first saw Dybala on the 11th November 2012 when Palermo defeated Sampdoria 2-0. Those goals were Dybala’s first two for the Italian side on a day where he gave those watching a glimpse of both what he was capable of, and what was to come.
In the last couple of seasons he has consolidated his position as the latest wonderkid to roll off the books at Palermo. The likes of Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani, now both winning titles at PSG in France, once had the same acclaim of future stardom, as fellow young South Americans making their names at Palermo.
These are two hugely talented players now competing in the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Cavani also had a blistering spell at Napoli scoring 78 goals in just 104 games after leaving Palermo.
The thing is Dybala is different, he quite simply might just be better. Anybody who watches Dybala will know exactly what he is about, what he is capable of in every game, how good he already is, and how good he can possibly become.
The possibilities for Dybala, quite frankly, are endless. Dybala has a unique and original style of play, hard to compare to any other striker, but then again he has more to his game than just ‘any other striker.’ The statistics show he has the ability to both create goals for others and score them himself, but even at that there is an extra edge to his game.
Dybala displays marvellous technical ability, the Argentine isn’t the biggest or tallest but has a whippet type frame with an abundance of pace and energy. His talent no longer surprises me, he is starting to show what he can do but on a more consistent level, and this is what sorts the good players from the great players.
Dybala can pluck a ball from the heavens with his effortless touch, he will make darting runs that others wouldn’t, or execute passes others won’t even have seen. He has a rasping drive of a strike, but isn’t short on finesse, and in a small space he has the ability to outsmart and dance past multiple players.
Ability is one thing, work rate is another. Dybala will work tirelessly to win a game of football. A characteristic you want any player to possess, unfortunately not enough of our modern footballers work as hard as Dybala does on the pitch.
What else has struck the Italian media over the rise of Dybala is the fact that the he cannot stop smiling on the pitch, there is already a romantic nature to his symphonic style of play, but this encapsulates his love of the game too.
Paulo Dybala has the world at his feet, he really does have the potential to make it at any club in the world and anybody looking for a forward in the summer need not look past the young Argentinian.
The biggest individual awards in world football aren’t beyond him in the future either. He is already doing the business in Serie A but, with a hopefully long and healthy career ahead of him, the best is yet to come.
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