Juventus has seen outstanding performances from the 23 year old Paulo Dybala. As much as his football techniques are noteworthy, what seems to also be making waves is the comparison between him and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. After the Premier League match between Juve and Barca ended on 3-0 victory for Juve, fans took to social media praising Dybala’s technique. Messi however was left frustrated at being unable to salvage the match.
Despite this hindrance, Messi’s capabilities are still recognised worldwide. AFP mentions that “The fact that Argentina now looks for the next Messi rather than the next Diego Maradona is as good a testament to the five-time world player of the year's achievements as any.”
Although Dybala respects Messi, he is quite disturbed by the comments he receives of late. He does not want to be collectively known, but rather wants to be his own person. According to Soccer Laduma “Dybala's left foot, dribbling technique and intricacy with the ball has seen him being compared to compatriot and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, but it is not a comparison he welcomes.”
Dybala further mentions to La Repubblica: “I understand the comparisons and expectations on me from the Argentines, but I don't want to be the new Messi or the Messi of the future.”
The first time Messi and Dybala played on one field was an unhappy experience. Dybala was sent off on his first start for Argentina, whereas Messi scored the only goal in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay last September.
Dybala's strike partner Gonzalo Higuain recognises a common talent between the two football players and points to Messi's consistency as the goal for his teammate to reach. He mentions that “[Dybala] has the characteristics to become one of the best players in the world.”