Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala was given an emperor’s welcome in Rome by the AS Roma faithful. The Argentinian forward joined the Giallorossi on a free transfer after leaving Juventus upon the expiration of his contract.

Thousands of the Roman faithful flocked to the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana on Tuesday night to witness what felt like the unveiling of a new emperor. Instead, it was merely AS Roma welcoming Argentina international Paulo Dybala to the club, the forward having joined the Giallorossi last week from Serie A rivals Juventus on a free transfer.

Dybala walked out to incredible scenes; the courtyard in front of him, packed with waves of yellow and red, flags waving, songs belting, and fans showering the 28-year-old footballer with their affections. Not since Gabriel Batistuta back in 2000 had Roma stolen a bonafide superstar from under the noses of their bitter rivals.

Dybala, who was unceremoniously shut out of Juventus at the end of the previous season, despite talks of a renewed contract, sat down on the steps the Palazzo to soak in the atmosphere for a moment. The scenes captured by those present, shown below.

Speaking earlier in his first media appearance for Roma, Dybala promised to give his maximum for his new team.

“Obviously I have experience after so many years at Juventus, a team that’s used to winning and transmits that to you from the first day,” Dybala told reporters.

“So I will try to give my maximum even in the dressing room with my team, seeing as we’re a young team, to bring that experience to help to win, help to be positive in the difficult moments there will be during the year.”

The Argentinian forward has joined Roma on a three-year deal, after seven years in Turin that bore 293 appearances and 115 goals.

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