Argentine Paulo Dybala has once again become the visible face of Juventus. With his double against Zenit Saint Petersburg he certified his team’s pass to the second round of the UEFA Champions League and surpassed Frenchman Michel Platini in goals with the Juventine team (106), an achievement that he honored with a celebration for history, by lying down on the ground supporting his head with one arm, precisely as “Le Roi” did in 1985 at the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo.
After a last season to forget, weighed down by injuries and overshadowed by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala is re-launching with an outstanding performance. He participated in nine goals, six scored and three offered with assists, in ten games played and already has more goals than all those scored last year.
With the captain’s armband, the “Jewel” delighted the fans of Juventus Stadium. Plays, dribbles, passes, changes of direction and two goals, one from a volley and the other from a penalty, threw him even more among the glories of the Turin club.
He did not miss a historical dedication to Platini. After scoring 1-0, he fell to the ground and put an arm to his head, as Platini did at the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo in 1985 as a form of protest for his annulled goal against Argentinos Juniors.
“Platini is an idol for everything he did. I wanted to celebrate in that way when I reached his goals against Inter Milan, but it was not the right time. I hope he saw me,” acknowledged a satisfied Dybala at the end of the Turin match .
THE ONE WHO BREAKS ZERO IN JUVENTUS
He was confirmed as a key element for Juventus and as an excellent scorer to open markers. In fact, of the six goals scored, three came in the first quarter of an hour.
He scored goals in Serie A against Udinese and Sampdoria, before the goal that put Zenit Saint Petersburg on goal poker.
And it is that Dybala is on the way to carve a gap between two Juventus glories like Platini and the last great captain, Alessadro Del Piero.
The Italian midfielder, European champion with Juventus in 1996, had scored one of his best goals from a direct free kick thirteen years ago against Zenit.
It was still played at the Olympic Stadium in Turin, the coliseum that hosted Juventus matches after the Delle Alpi collapse and before the construction of the Allianz Stadium.
DEL PIERO’S 290 GOALS, A GOAL
Dybala has an excellent relationship with Del Piero, who does not hesitate to praise him on television every time the “Jewel” is talked about.
“I am lucky to talk to him a lot, I hope to reach his goals,” said Dybala at the end of the game with Zenit.
Of course, he has a long way to go, since Del Piero closed his successful Juventine career with 290 goals, for the 106 that Dybala has led.
FROM THE EUROPEAN CUP TO THE CRISIS IN THE A SERIES
The great performance of the “Jewel” returned to hope to Juventus after the bad start to the season, in which it barely added fifteen points in eleven days of Serie A and fell to ninth position, 16 points behind Napoli and Milan, which they share the leadership.
It will be up to the Argentine to lead the Turin club also in Italy, after delivering the mathematical pass to the round of 16 of the European Cup on Tuesday.
On the next league matchday, Juventus will face Fiorentina, one of their great rivals, who started the year brilliantly driven by goals from Serbian Dusan Vlahovic.