Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is one of the most gifted footballers on the planet.
Perhaps we only feel disappointed by Dybala’s performances sometimes because, well, he was overhyped as a player who would hoover up Ballon d’Or trophies just a few years ago.
And a steady plateau in his form at Juventus almost resulted in a shock summer move to Tottenham, which could have been a disaster considering Spurs’ form this season.
Nevertheless, Dybala decided to keep his head down and continue to work hard in Turin, eventually culminating in a supreme run of form that was only cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dybala: Juventus’ magician
The Argentine dropped a Man of the Match performance against AC Milan and scored during his most recent game at home to Inter Milan before Serie A was cancelled due to the health crisis.
The Juventus squad was hit particularly hard by COVID-19 and Dybala later confirmed that he had tested positive for the pathogen, adding this week that he still didn’t feel 100 per cent.
But if Dybala can rediscover the sort of form he took into the break, then he’ll be openly discussed as one of the form players in Europe this season and an unquestionable asset to Juventus.
Dybala’s astonishing free-kick vs Lazio
So, with throwback clips and videos doing the rounds in the absence of wide-spread live football, we thought it was only fair that we got Dybala involved in the growing trend.
And in our humble opinion, one of the 26-year-old’s most inspired moments for the Old Lady came during the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio.
It was a game in which Juve found themselves 2-0 down going into the 85th minute, only for a brace from Dybala to level the scores – and his first strike of the two was truly remarkable.
Dybala whipped home a stunning free-kick from fully 30 yards that looked to have broken the laws of physics when footage from behind showed how much whip he got on the ball.
Check out the brilliant strike down below:
Sheesh. It’s like a reverse Roberto Carlos.
The crucial angle – you know the one – seems to show Dybala’s strike trajectory going almost two yards wide of the Lazio wall before tumbling back towards the goal in breath-taking fashion.
And despite the unenviable distance from the original foul to the goal itself, there was no chance that Lazio shot-stopper Thomas Strakosha was getting anywhere near the strike.
Sadly for Juve, though, the chaotic end to the final became even more chaotic when Ciro Immobile popped up with a stoppage time winner, effectively chalking out Dybala’s brilliant strike.
But for those who saw and appreciated the stunning nature of his goal, they won’t be forgetting it for a long, long time regardless of the fact Juventus lost.
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