Paulo Dybala had AS Roma supporters in dreamland early in their UEFA Europa League final after the 29-year-old scored at the 34th-minute mark for the Serie A side to take the 1-0 lead.
Dybala’s first-half goal put him in rare company as the forward became the first Argentine player since Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi to score in a European final.
Paulo Dybala is the first Argentinian player to score in a European final since Lionel Messi scored against Manchester United in 2011 🏆🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/9fGpbVpEWA
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Messi scored against Manchester United in 2011 while with Barcelona as the Spanish club won with goals from Pedro, Messi and David Villa, securing their fourth UEFA Champions League title.
Nonetheless, Dybala might trade this accomplishment for Roma winning the Europa League final as the Italian club drew 1-1 after 90 minutes but fell 4-1 in penalty kicks to Sevilla on Wednesday night at Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary.
Dybala could be back in another European final in the future if manager Jose Mourinho remains at Roma and score while coming out on the winning end.