Paulo Dybala has reiterated his commitment to Juventus by affirming he wants fans to ‘see the sacrifices I make to make them happy.’
Dybala did not play in the Argentine top flight before his move to Palermo in the summer of 2012, instead representing hometown club in the second tier.
“I didn’t think I’d have a career like this or experience what I’m experiencing now as a footballer,” the 25-year-old told Otro.
“Growing up I followed football a lot. I played it because I enjoyed it. My friends and I wanted to be Ronaldinho, Ronaldo.
“But I never thought: ‘Today I must give my best, otherwise I won’t become anyone.’ I didn’t think about it, not even during my first few years as a pro.
“But I’ll never forget my debut. I played for Instituto de Cordoba and it came against Huracan.
“The game finished 2-0 to us. My family and friends were there. They were more anxious than me!
“At 17 I was agitated. It wasn’t easy, but my teammates and the staff helped me a lot.”
The forward went on to join Juve three years later, but a report on Thursday claimed the Bianconeri were willing to give him up for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah…
“It was a special day. I was on holiday with my brother and friends. The contract had arrived while I was at the beach,” he continued.
“I went back to the hotel, signed it and got back to sunbathing. After the two goals I scored at Barcelona, the fans started chanting my name.
“I said to myself, ‘look what you’ve done! Now keep going!’ I had to find the strength to continue and give more to the fans to earn their affection.
“I want them to see the sacrifices I make to make them happy. I try to do my best. If I do then then I’m happy.”
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