a broken heart Paulo Dybala got an emotional goodbye during his last game as a Juventus player – and he couldn’t hold back the tears after he got a moving standing ovation.
The Old Lady could only secure a point against Lazio on Monday night, despite leading 2-0 in the first half thanks to goals from Dusan Vlahovic and Alvaro Morata.
Maurizio Sarri’s men managed to make their way back into the game after goals from Alex Sandro [own goal] and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But the headlines were of Juve forward Dybala, who retired after seven years in Turin.
The 28-year-old attacker, who has scored 115 goals in 291 appearances for Juventus since moving from Palermo in 2015, announced on social media that the game against Lazio would be his last for the Serie A giants.
“It’s hard to find the right words to greet you, so many years and so many emotions are involved,” Dybala wrote. “I thought we would be together for more years, but fate puts us on different paths.
“I will never forget everything you made me experience, every game, every goal. With you I grew up, I learned, I lived and I dreamed. It was 7 years of magic, 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one will take away from us, never.
“Thank you for supporting me in difficult times. Thanks to those who have guided me over the years: from the first to the last, from the fans to the people who work within the club, everyone, coaches and teammates, employees and managers .”
“Wearing this important jersey along with the captain’s armband has been one of the greatest prides of my life and one that I hope to show to my children and grandchildren.
“Tomorrow is my last game with this shirt, it’s hard to imagine, but it will be our last goodbye. It won’t be easy, but I will enter the field with a smile and with my head held high, knowing that I will do anything for given to you.”
In the 77th minute, Dybala received a standing ovation after being replaced by Martin Palumbo, as captain Giorgio Chiellini hugged the Argentinian with a big hug from the sidelines.
It was also an emotional night for Chiellini, who also played his last home game for Juventus, and after the final whistle, team-mate Leonardo Bonucci wrote an emotional letter to his friend.
“Dear Giorgio. Where to start? I think it should be from the end,” he wrote. “Today is your day and the day the team, these colors, this dressing room start to miss you.
“You have been an example, a guide, a brother, a friend.
“We’ve shared together for over 10 years, we’ve rejoiced, we’ve suffered, we’ve worked hard, we’ve joined ranks, we’ve fought, we WON.
“Win a lot with Juve, won something unique with Italy. Standing next to you on the pitch was a privilege for me, an honour.
“Off the pitch even more. I’ve learned that you’re prepared for anything.
“Good luck to you, legend, in what’s to come. Whatever it is, you’ll always do it top of the class.
“The invisible piece of rope that followed us onto the pitch will bind us together forever in my football fights, in the victories and in the more difficult moments.
‘Thank you, Captain. I love you.’