Dybala Reveals With Whom He Always Wanted to Swap Shirts & the Story Behind His 'Mask' Celebration

Ben Davies
90Min

Paulo Dybala has revealed that the one player he has always dreamed of swapping shirts with is his childhood idol, Ronaldinho.


The Juventus star exploded into the limelight with some extremely impressive performances in recent seasons - one of which came against Ronaldinho's former club Barcelona, Dybala's brace going a long way to help knock the Catalan giants out of the Champions League.


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Now the 23-year-old has admitted that he always  wanted to swap shirts with his fellow south American, stating that his admiration for Ronaldinho comes through the Brazilian's obvious enjoyment  of football.


“The one player’s shirt that I would still love to have is Ronaldinho’s. One day Gennaro Gattuso promised me that he was going to call him to ask him for a shirt for me, because he’d played with him, but it didn’t happen," t he Argentine striker told UEFA.com ​.


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“Ronaldinho was one of my favourite players when I was growing up and the image he conveyed to me was that you’ve got to have fun and play with a smile on your face.

“European coaches and players sometimes don’t look at football the way we South Americans do. We enjoy the game, laugh a lot, dance and so on. I always seek to have fun and enjoy what I do out on the pitch. That’s just my mindset.”


The young striker also spoke of his trademark celebration; the infamous mask that has become synonymous with his goals.

“At the start of this year, I decided that I wanted a new celebration to go with the new year and I started thinking about ideas. One day, the 'Dybala Mask' came to me, which has a significant meaning behind it, and it's brought me a bit of luck because things have been going really well for me ever since I did that celebration for the first time.

“It's better below the nose. I prefer it that way, but everyone is free to do it their own way.”

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