After Argentina’s victory in the 2022 World Cup final, Paulo Dybala received multiple missed calls from Roma manager Jose Mourinho, eager to congratulate him on his success.
Dybala was surprised by the calls, but he quickly returned Mourinho’s calls, even before speaking to his mother. In their conversation, Mourinho revealed his admiration for Argentine players, including Dybala, Lionel Messi, and Angel Di Maria, whom he praises in private.
“When the final against France ended, I was in the traditional doping room, then I got to the locker room, I grabbed the phone to talk to my family and I had five missed calls from Mou. I think I called him first then my mother,” Dybala said in an interview with TyC Sports journalist Gaston Edul.
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“He was very happy because he loves Argentines. He always tells me wonderful things about Di Maria and Messi too, he loves them very much. All the Argentinians have given him something more in their teams and he speaks very highly of everyone. He has great affection for all Argentines.”
Dybala also shared how he played a key role in convincing Mourinho to sign Leandro Paredes for Roma. Paredes, who was Dybala’s teammate on the Argentine national team, was released by Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and Dybala encouraged Mourinho to bring him to Roma. Dybala’s recommendation was influential in Mourinho’s decision to sign Paredes, and the midfielder has since become an important player for the club.
“I tried to convince him (Paredes) to come to Roma. When I spoke to him early in the summer he still didn’t know whether to return to Paris or play for another team,” Dybala said. “I spoke to Mourinho a couple of times because I knew he wanted to return to Rome. One day, out of nowhere, Mou come to me and asks: ‘Is Leandro willing to join us? I called him and told him to come. I missed speaking Spanish in the locker room, our families know each other. He really likes the city, like me. This is a city where people experience football like in Argentina.”