Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala (Spanish pronunciation: [paulo iala]; Polish: Dybaa; born 15 November 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and the Argentina national team. Considered Europe's top five leagues' 23rd most valuable player from a transfer value perspective CIES, he is commonly referred to as "La Joya" ("The Jewel") due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal. Palermitans also refer to him as "U Picciriddu" (The Kid," in the Sicilian dialect), because of his young age when he signed for Palermo.
After beginning his career in Argentina with Instituto de Crdoba in 2011, Dybala moved to Italian club Palermo in 2012. He played three seasons for Palermo, two in Serie A and won Serie B in 201314. In 2015, he joined Juventus for an initial fee of 32 million and has since made over 100 appearances for the club, winning the double of Serie A and Coppa Italia in each of his three seasons. He has also been named in the Serie A Team of the Year three times.
Dybala made his senior international debut for Argentina in 2015 and was chosen for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Copa Amrica, helping his nation to win a bronze medal in the latter tournament.
Dybala was born in Laguna Larga, Crdoba, Argentina. His grandfather, Bolesaw Dybaa, was from the village of Kraniw in Poland; he fled from his country of birth to Argentina during World War II. Some of his grandfather's family moved to Canada. Dybala's family 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.