“I’ve Stayed at His Home”: Diego Schwartzman Reveals Friendship With Juventus FC Star Paulo Dybala

Published 11/12/2020, 7:20 AM EST
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in action during his final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Rising Argentinian tennis star Diego Schwartzman has a ‘close friend’ outside the game.

An avid soccer fan, Schwartzman said that no matter where he is playing, he can always count on his good mate Paulo Dybala rooting for him.

Diego Schwartzman did charity with Paulo Dybala


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The Argentinian soccer sensation, who also plays for Italian club Juventus, joined hands with Schwartzman recently for charity.

The pair put together a charity celebrity FIFA 2020 tournament back home this year. The event raised almost $300,000 for the Argentinian Red Cross.

Speaking on his friendship with Dybala, Schwartzman said, “We became friends a few years ago when I was in Rome for the Italian Open.

“He (Dybala) was playing in the final of the Italian Cup at the Olympic Stadium, next to the Foro Italico (which hosts the tennis event),” Schwartzman said.

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates during his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“He got me tickets for the match. I’ve stayed at his home and this year we did charity together,” Schwartzman said.

“It was our idea to raise money for the people in Argentina who had problems because of Covid,”  the Agrentinian said.

Diego Schwartzman is also friends with Diego Maradona

Named after ‘El Diego’, as Argentina loves to call its soccer god Diego Maradona, Schwartzman said he keeps catching up with the great man on social media.

“I’ve met him quite a lot, in the Davis Cup, at the World Cup in Russia,” Schwartzman said.

“We talk a lot over social media. He is not in his best moment, trying to be healthy again,” the Argentinian said.

The soccer great was recently discharged from a clinic in La Plata, Argentina, after recovering from a brain surgery.

Schwartzman has made no secret of his love for soccer and once had a dream to represent Boca Juniors like his idol Maradona.

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A self-confessed tennis lover, Maradona, when fit, does travel to tennis events to see his compatriots in action.


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Schwartzman’s run at the Masters was ended in straight sets by eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.




Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.