Juventus striker Paulo Dybala have publicly asked the fans and reporters to stop comparing his to Lionel Messi.
“I really admire and respect Messi,” the 23-year-old told La Repubblica ahead of the Tuesday UCL quarterfinal against Barcelona.
“He has won the Champions League many times, and I’m only dreaming about the first. I play for Juve and I want to win. On the pitch we are equal and I will do everything to beat him.
“Am I the new Messi? People need to understand that I am Paulo Dybala and I want to continue to be so. I understand the comparisons and expectations on me from the Argentinians, but I do not want to be the new Messi or the Messi of the future,” the Argentinian international concluded on the matter.