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Paulo Dybala Reveals the Inspiration Behind his Iconic ‘Dybala mask’ Celebration

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Alan Shearer had his one arm salute, Frank Lampard pointed to the heavens, Robbie Keane cart-wheeled and Raul kissed his wedding ring.

Goalscorers having trademark celebrations isn’t anything new, but coming up with something that hasn’t been seen before is increasingly difficult in the current technological age

Antoine Griezmann has used Fortnite to get tongues wagging, Cristiano Ronaldo has his all-too-familiar jump and pose, while Robert Lewandowski makes an ‘X’ across his chest.

One of the most iconic modern-day is that of Paulo Dybala, the Juventus and Argentina forward who puts a hand over the lower half of his face, index finger pointing off to his right, thumb heading to his left.

It has been labelled the ‘Dybala mask’, has become a staple whenever the Juventus No.10 finds the net and even features in the latest FIFA 19 game.

But where did it come from? And what’s it all about?

The man himself, speaking in Milan at the recent launch of Adidas’ new Copa 19 boots, revealed all when quizzed on the subject.

Dybala is the new face of Adidas Copa (Image: Adidas)

“The celebration was born after a match against Milan in the Super Cup [2016],” said Dybala.

“I missed a penalty and was really upset afterwards [Dybala’s effort, saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, handed Milan a shootout success].

“I went on holiday and was watching Gladiator on TV and that’s when I decided that, my next goal, to celebrate as a Gladiator.

“So I celebrated like it – and am now still celebrating like it.”

Dybala and Juventus are looking for yet another Serie A title this term, with the Bianconeri having won the last seven league titles in succession.

Argentine forward Dybala, now wearing the club’s No.10 shirt, has been a part of the last three of those victories, and last season scored 22 times in the league, top-scoring for the Bianconeri.

Dybala scored his first goal for Argentina on Tuesday (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

This term Dybala has managed just two goals in 11 games, and admits he is adapting his game alongside Ronaldo.

But he insisted that he has no doubts that goals will flow between now and the end of the season.

“We [Juventus] know how he plays and how he works,” said Dybala.

“Of course, you have to make small changes, but we are happy and we are going to score a lot of goals together.”

Courtesy: mirror.co.uk

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