It is highly unlikely that we will ever see Cristiano Ronaldo play for the same team as Lionel Messi. But the transfer from Ronaldo to Juventus last summer presented us with the next best thing: the Portuguese superman combined with Messi's heir, the Argentine No 10-in-waiting, Paulo Dybala.
At the beginning of the season, the couple posed for photos together at the Bianconeri's training center in Continassa. Dybala looked as happy as punch with his new companion. The fans and directors of the club were excited about what the veteran could teach the younger man in terms of consistency, focus and preparation.
Eight months ahead and Ronaldo flies in Turin, with 28 goals in 42 games, and his incredible one-man show against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Nevertheless, it has been a frustrating campaign for Dybala.
Paulo Dybala (left) seemed happy when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer
The couple posed for jokey images on & # 39; training grounds of & # 39; e club (left); but Ronaldo & # 39; s very powerful presence has diminished Dybala's once pivotal role in the Juventus team
Italian sports paper Tuttosport reports that Dybala will be sold to finance new events ahead
So much so that the Italian sports paper Tuttosport now reports that the Old Lady is looking to rejuvenate her offensive line-up after her shock departure from the Champions League owned by Ajax – by selling Dybala.
Juventus are reportedly ready to raise money on star striker Dybala to raise money to sign one of Joao Felix, Mauro Icardi, Federico Chiesa or Mohamed Salah this summer.
There are no problems with Ronaldo – he and Dybala approach and respect each other.
& # 39; I'm lucky, I'm playing with Lionel for the national team and Cristiano with Juve, & # 39; said Dybala. & # 39; Not many people have had this opportunity. I learned a lot from Ronaldo. & # 39;
They even mixed their goal parties during the 3-0 home win over Frosinone in February. They both scored and mixed the dramatic jump of Ronaldo in the & # 39; air and & # 39; Siiiiiiuuuuu & # 39; (& # 39; yessssss & # 39;) rage, and the masked gesture that Dybala makes with his hand over his mouth. Dybala invited his followers on Instagram to name their new move, suggested & # 39; Siuuumask & # 39 ;.
And most players would be relatively satisfied with Dybala's number of five goals so far this season in Serie A and five in Europe.
However, Dybala is not & # 39; most players & # 39 ;. He has trouble making a consistent impact in 2018-19 and regularly looks like a fish out of water in & # 39; the XI of coach Massimiliano Allegri.
PAULO DYBALA & # 39; S C.V.
Berne: Laguna Larga, Cordoba, Argentina
Position: Offensive / attacking midfield
Clubs: Instituto (2011-12), Palermo (2012-15), Juventus (2015-present)
International: Argentina – 18 caps, 1 goal
Honors: 4x Serie A, 3x Coppa Italia, 1x Serie B
Allegri does not select Dybala for every match. Cristiano is one & # 39; untouchable & # 39; in attack, Mario Mandzukic is the other. The Croatian is the example of a warrior, one of & # 39; the hardest working players in & # 39; e league, and helps the defense and feeds on & # 39; e wings. His sacrifice and restless running have allowed Ronaldo to save his 34-year-old's legs for counter-attacks or back-post sprints.
Allegri is one of & # 39; s finest tacticians in world football, and his trophy-laden spelling in Turin is remarkable for formations that & # 39; t get the best out of & # 39; e available men. Allegri does not force players in his preference votes, but shapes his approach around them. Seems like common sense, but so many top coaches, past and present, refuse to be so smart.
This season 4-3-3 was on the order of & # 39; a day at the Allianz Stadium. The way Juve deploys, it does not include Orthodox No. 10 that operates centrally behind the attackers, as a second attacker. The idea is to give Ronaldo the freedom to do as he pleases, but this has cost Dybala.
The 25-year-old worked a little further away from the opponent's goal this year, which explains a drop in his league goals. After 18 starts last season, he had scored 17 times. This year, he has not only found it on five occasions in 22 league starts.
Dybala has given free kick to Ronaldo, who, for the record, has not been particularly impressive in that department. Dybala is a rare talent, an intoxicating dribbler, but is yet to reach this campaign.
His trademark cutting from the right and shooting with his wonderful left foot has become too rare in 2018-19. The jewel, as Dybala is known, is too good for the bank, but has no natural role in & # 39; Allegri's current incarnation of & # 39; a bianconeri.
Dybala has scored fewer goals this season and has seen his position changed on the field
Ronaldo has been set up in red-hot goalscoring form with Juve with the team to meet his needs
Regular observers from Dybala and Juve claim that his best role is as a second striker in 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2. But with Ronaldo, Mandzukic (who's probably going to sign a new long-term contract) and up-and-coming wonderboy Moise Kean, they're well ahead.
The broad roles in attack are less than ideal for Dybala. Journalist Filippo Conticello of & # 39; e Gazzetta dello Sport says: & # 39; Dybala does not have the physical strength of Federico Bernardeschi, and when selected, he finds himself further and further away from & # 39; a box from the other team. This was evident in the disappointing loss away to Genoa. Plus, we all know how gifted he is, but he's not a leader. & # 39;
Dybala will probably not get a decent run if it is withdrawn ahead in the present future, hence the rumors of a departure.
Dybala, who appeared 18 times for Argentina, including a fruitless comeo at & # 39; the World Cup of & # 39; e summer, was a £ 23m signing from Palermo in 2015. But the view is that he could now get it three or four times.
In the past two decades, Juventus were willing to sell their biggest names for the right price. Short months after winning the 1996 Champions League, they sold striker Fabrizio Ravanelli and midfielder Paulo Sousa, leaving captain Gianluca Vialli free, which reduced their wages.
Juventus were never afraid to sell their big names and Dybala could be the next one to go
A move to the Premier League could be on & # 39; cards, alongside or against his pal Paul Pogba
The Italian giants paid Zinedine Zidane and Filippo Inzaghi in 2001, and used the profits to sign Pavel Nedved, Gianluigi Buffon, Marcelo Salas and Lilian Thuram.
More recently, they have sanctioned Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United for £ 89m. The Frenchman was hugely popular in Turin and arguably the best midfielder in Serie A. But the wise heads at the Allianz Stadium knew they couldn't reject such a juicy offer.
& # 39; We have known for a while that Juve will make a big sale this summer, & # 39; says Conticello. & # 39; One of & # 39; the great earners will go away, to generate money. The two names that are rumored are Dybala or Miralem Pjanic. Two years ago when Dybala was in the best shape of his career, Juventus would have demanded € 200 million (£ 173 million) for him. Now they would accept € 100 million (£ 87 million). & # 39;
|RECORD IN ALL COMPS||Season 2015/2016||Season 2016/2017||Season 2017/2018||Season 2018/2019|
|Mins / purpose||134.13||177.37||129.85||255|
|Opportunities created (including Assists)||81||78||81||58|
For Juve fans, the idea that Dybala boarding a plane to England or Spain is a little less painful now isn't Ronaldo one of them. He has had great times, including a goal on his debut in the Italian Super Cup 2015, four consecutive league titles (excluding an unlikely collapse this season) and three Coppa Italias. And he single-handedly beat Barcelona out of the Champions League 2017.
The favorites for his signature are Atletico Madrid, where he would be treated like a king, and Bayern Munich, who have recruited Latin stars Arturo Vidal and James Rodriguez in recent years. Another option is an exchange with Inter striker Mauro Icardi. It's no secret that Juve is afraid of Icardi, but Dybala is probably lukewarm to the idea of a move to the blue and black half of Milan.
He would also be perfect for any side of the & # 39; Premier League that requires a little flair in & # 39; e final third. For all their searing pace of attack, Liverpool lacks Philippe Coutinho's creativity of attacking midfield, which is Dybalâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s area of expertise. If Chelsea gets around FIFA's transfer ban and sells Eden Hazard, Dybala would be a good substitute, even if their styles aren't identical.
Manchester United are ready to begin their review of summer transport, in order not to contact Juventus over a sip for Dybala, according to Calciomercato.
The future of Dybala is in its own hands. He has until the end of the season to convince Juve to keep him. Questions about his temperament and versatility remain, but the man, known as The Jewel, still has time to sparkle.
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