Italy on Monday failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 60 years and as the entire country mourned their national side failing to make the grade, Juventus’ Argentine forward Paulo Dybala came out in support of his Italian teammates with a moving Instagram post.
Ho tifato per voi ieri sera e ho sofferto con voi. Avrei voluto incontrarvi in #Russia al mio primo Mondiale, magari in Finale. Siete dei grandissimi campioni e abbiamo tanto da vincere insieme! Un abbraccio amici! #italia 🇮🇹 #worldcup2018 #roadtorussia2018 @gianluigibuffon @andreabarzagli15 @giorgiochiellini
A teary-eyed Buffon announced his international retirement after the 0-0 draw at the San Siro, with 175 international caps to his name. Buffon’s Juventus teammate Andrea Barzagli also announced his retirement, as did Roma legend Daniele de Rossi. Giorgio Chiellini, another Juventus player, is expected to follow suit, but no official announcement has been made.
The post, when translated, read: “I cheered for you last night and suffered with you. I wanted to meet you in #Russia at my first World Cup, maybe in the final. You’re great champions and we have to much to win together! A hug friends!”
The 23-year-old Dybala has been playing club football in the Italian Serie A for five years now and has a great rapport with his Juventus teammates. After moving to Palermo in 2012 from Argentine side Instituto de Cordoba, Dybala spent three seasons with the Aquile before the Turin giants snapped him up for €32 million fee in 2015.
Since his arrival at Juventus, Dybala has emerged as one of the world’s finest players, drawing comparisons with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after his superlative displays for the Bianconeri.
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Dyabala, nicknamed La Joya, has started to get regular playing time for the Argentine national side as well and while he is yet to open his account for La Albiceleste, the 23-year-old is seen a vital part of Jorge Sampaoli’s side ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Competing for a starting spot with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi will not be easy but such is Dybala’s talent that he is expected to give his more experienced compatriots a run for their money.