Paulo Dybala is renowned as one of the best free-kick takers in world football, regularly curling in beauties for Juventus.
But his greatest ever free-kick actually came in a charity game back in July 2017. Juventus’ Argentinian striker took some time out from his post-season break to star in a charity game in Cordoba and marked his cameo by bending in a set-piece past a giant wall.
With the former Palermo man lining up his effort, the wall began to get bigger and bigger – to the point where fans from the sidelines even joined.
Then, to make it even more difficult for Dybala, the wall retreated from the edge of the penalty area all the way back to the goal line – with several players hanging off the crossbar to make it an almighty task for him.
He did move the ball further forward because of the big change in the wall’s position and even though most of the net was covered up, Dybala curled in a sublime strike with relative ease.
According to TransferMarkt, nine of Dybala’s 72 goals for Juventus have been direct free-kicks and it’s not hard to see why he’s had so much success from dead-ball situations.
He does, however, have strong competition on free-kicks in the form of Miralem Pjanic and record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, after his arrival in the summer.
And the 24-year old revealed the hilarious exchange he had with Pjanić once they heard that the five-time Ballon d’Or would be arriving at the club.
“Last year, Mire and I had a pact: if it was towards the left side, he would take it, whereas on the right it would be me,” Dybala told La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).
“When Ronaldo arrived, I wrote to Pjanić in our chat room: ‘Sorry, Mire, but I think you won’t be taking many free kicks this year.’
“All joking aside, we know how it works: on the left there’s Cristiano, we just stand there to make a good photograph.
“On penalties, it’s a clear hierarchy: first Ronaldo, then me and then Pjanić.”
Dybala has four goals in eight games for the Bianconeri this season, including a Champions League hat-trick against Young Boys at the Allianz Stadium.