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Dybala proves loyalty is a virtue as he aims to help Juventus to win more titles


Talk about team loyalty and you have Paulo Dybala proving it is a trait every football player must have.

Despite numerous juicy offers for him to leave Italian champions Juventus, the 23-year-old showed that quality as he stuck with the Bianconeri.

He recently signed a £5.9 million-a-year extension deal, quashing bids by others among them Barcelona to snatch him away from the Italian club.

Dybala’s star has risen consistently as he is described by Juve officials as a “spectacular’’ player.

He has been drawing everyone’s fancy since linking with the team up in the 2015-16 season.

In that campaign, he was Juve’s top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions and 19 goals in the Serie A.

Dybala began his career in his native Argentina with Instituto de Cordoba in 2011 before moving to Italian side Palermo in 2012.

His superb feats saw him transferring to Juve three years later and won the league title, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana during his first season.

In the summer of 2016, he was offered the No. 10 shirt by Juve after Paul Pogba moved back to Manchester United, but he turned it down.

Instead, he opted to wear No. 21 he had during his previous season.

Because of his creative style of play, quickness, brilliant technical ability, and keen eye for goal, he got the nickname “La Joya’’ (The Jewel).

In 2014, Spanish magazine Don Balon named him one of the 100 most promising young players in the world born after 1993.

Of late, he had endured a severe test, during times he was embroiled in talks of a move to Premier League side Manchester City.

But what gained more attention was his rumoured transfer to Barcelona who targeted him to become the first £100-million player as the Catalan giants said he will be a future star and potential successor to Lionel Messi.

But the Argentine international told everyone that he is happy and proud to be with Juve.

For him, the contract renewal came at the right time when he is playing at the top of his form.

So up to 2022, or even for a few more years, Dybala will be donning the Old Lady jersey.

Juve may not have completed a treble (they won the Serie A title for a record sixth successive, as well as lifting the Coppa Italia silverware but they lost to Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League) this term but for Dybala, the coming season will be another glorious one for him and the club.

His main priority as of now is to win more titles for the team in the coming years.

As he put the exclamation point on his loyalty to the team, he said: “Onwards and upwards, forza Juve!’’