Paulo Dybala says he is a World Cup winner ‘also thanks to José Mourinho’, who is ‘very similar’ to Massimiliano Allegri.

The Argentinean striker scored the winner in Roma‘s 1-0 victory over Genoa in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 last night.

La Joya joined the Giallorossi as a free agent in the summer after his contract with Juventus expired. Mourinho strongly wanted the Argentinean in the capital and persuaded him to sign a contract until June 2025.

“You know what the coach means in football’s history. He has won everything, he strongly wanted me here and I am a World Cup champion also thanks to him,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.

“I will always give my best for him and the team because of how they helped me.”


The 29-year-old hadn’t featured regularly for Argentina during the last season at Juventus, but his impressive performance at the Stadio Olimpico in the first part of the campaign convinced Lionel Scaloni to include him in his 26-man squad list for the World Cup.

Dybala played under Allegri and Juventus for years and believes he and Mourinho are pretty similar.

“They are very similar in terms of personality, two nice people who help their players and take responsibility,” he said.

“I’ve worked much more with Allegri. They have both won a lot. They love staying on the pitch, trying to make their players improve. When I joined Juventus, Allegri helped me develop, and Mourinho is doing the same here.”

Dybala spent seven years at Juventus, scoring 115 goals in 293 appearances. He has netted eight goals in 15 matches with Roma this season.

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