Red-Hot Paulo Dybala's Goal Against SPAL Means He is Now Leading the Way in One Particular Statistic

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Step aside Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Neymar... there's a new free-kick specialist in town.

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has flown out of the traps this season in front of goal, plundering 11 goals in 739 minutes of football, securing his status as one of the Serie A's most dangerous forwards.

The Argentine ace has kicked on from last season and looks ready to emerge from fellow countryman Gonzalo Higuain's shadow - he looks likely to get on the scoresheet in every single game he plays, in particularl from dead-ball situations.

Dybala, as tweeted by Juventus' official Twitter account, has scored more direct free-kicks than anyone across Europe's top five leagues so far this season.

His latest effort came during the Old Lady's 4-1 win over SPAL, in which he curled a beautiful strike into the top right hand corner from just outside the penalty box.

His goal against SPAL was his 11th direct free-kick goal in Serie A, and he is now only three away from equalling the great Diego Maradona, which would certainly be an achievement.

The 23-year-old's fantastic technique has already been compared to that of compatriot Messi, close-range placements that are to the right-hand side of the penalty area.