a broken heart paulo dybala received an emotional farewell during his last game as juventus player – and could not hold back tears after receiving a moving standing ovation.
The Old Lady could only secure a point against Lazio on Monday night, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Dusan Vlahovic and Álvaro Morata.
Maurizio Sarri’s men managed to come back from the game after goals from Alex Sandro [own goal] and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But the starters belonged to Juve striker Dybala, who said goodbye after seven years in Turin.
The 28-year-old striker, who has scored 115 goals in 291 games for Juventus since joining from Palermo in 2015, announced on social media that the game against Lazio would be the last for the Serie A giants.
“It is difficult to find the right words to greet you, there are so many years and so many emotions involved, all together,” Dybala wrote. “I thought we would be together for even 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, learned, lived and dreamed. It has been 7 years of magic, 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one will ever take away from us.
“Thank you for supporting me in difficult times. Thanks to those who have accompanied me over the years: from the first to the last, from the fans to the people who work within the club, to everyone, coaches and teammates, employees and managers.
“Wearing this important shirt along with the captain’s armband has been one of the greatest prides of my life, which I hope to one day show to my children and grandchildren.
“Tomorrow will be my last game with this shirt, it’s hard to imagine, but it will be our last farewell. It won’t be easy, but I will enter the field with a smile and with my head held high, knowing that I have given everything for you.”
In the 77th minute, Dybala received a standing ovation after being replaced by Martin Palumbo, as captain Giorgio Chiellini embraced the Argentine in a big hug on the touchline.
It was also an emotional night for Chiellini, who was also playing his last home game for Juventus, and after the final whistle his teammate Leonardo Bonucci wrote an emotional letter to his friend.
“Dear Giorgio. Where to start? I think it has to be from the end,” he wrote. “Today is your day and the day that the team, these colors, this dressing room start to miss you.
“You have been an example, a guide, a brother, a friend.
“We have shared more than 10 years together, we have rejoiced, we have suffered, we have worked hard, we have closed ranks together, we have fought, we have WON.
“I won a lot with Juve, I won something unique with Italy. Being on the pitch with you, for me, has been a privilege, an honour.
“Off the field even more. I have learned from your willingness to do anything.
“Best of luck to you, legend, for what is to come. Whatever it is, you will always do it as the best in the class.
“The invisible rope that accompanied us to the field will keep us united forever in my football battles, in victories and in the most difficult moments.
“Thank you, captain. I love you.”