Juventus forward Dybala explains mask celebration

Paulo Dybala Juventus
The Argentine says he transforms into a gladiator upon finding the target, with his warrior spirit helping to carry him through times of struggle

Paulo Dybala has had plenty of opportunity to air his trademark celebration again this season, with eight goals plundered for Juventus across all competitions.

That tally has been added to the 23-goal haul he managed during his 2015-16 debut campaign in Turin.

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The Argentine is now considered to be one of the most fearsome forwards in world football, with his creativity marking him out as more than just a finisher.

Speculation has linked him with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid among those reported to be admirers of his undoubted ability.

It is, however, expected that he will soon commit to fresh terms with Juve, bringing an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future.

That will allow him to focus on finding the target in Italy and continue to don the ‘Dybalamask’.

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The 23-year-old has sought to explain why he channels his warrior spirit upon finding the target, with many observers confused as to the true meaning of his celebration.

He posted on Facebook: “Dybalamask is really simple: it's the mask of a gladiator! When we struggle, sometimes we must wear our warrior mask to be stronger, without losing our smile and kindness!”

Dybala’s next opportunity to break out the mask will arrive on Sunday, when Juventus travel to Sassuolo looking to cement their standing at the top of the Serie A table.