The main question is evaded: what did he do that others did not? Is starring against Crotone and Palermo really so amazing and creating a difference? I'd guess Dzeko, Mertens, maybe Insigne (Icardi, Higuain) had considerably more MOTM awards. Source? Yes I've already said many things about (political) smoke machines, belated recognition and double handicaps (with you as key figure behind further knocking down decades after). Those things. Thanks for demonstrating that point again. This bears no relation to the question what Dybala was exactly doing. Forsberg didn't play in Europe (and has been injured since, and greatly felt by his team), missed many games against the top teams, but did he 'lesser' things in the league? I'm wondering/stretching now. In the 2nd leg yes, after Porto had already lost 0-2 at home in the first leg. Is showing up and producing in one game against Porto better as producing and shining in both games against Arsenal? Very questionable. Another illustrative thing to mention is even in that great Barcelona performance, he had 0 key passes, 0 through balls, 0 accurate crosses (2 attempts) and 1 dribble. So it was a great performance (and hyped up further) with two well taken goals but not necessarily a complete game. This is actually one of the things that tends to make me sceptical. He is not a 'pillar'. He is generally peripheral or making bad decisions and those things. I don't have the idea he really makes his team a (fraction) better. He can't be made a focal point even if they try. This is for a part subjective, I know, but I think the claim he isn't really vital can be backed up. He doesn't (help to) make a team tick or makes them sharper in execution. For me he's someone who occasionally slots in with a goal or assist but not really a pillar I think.