Dynamic Argentanian Paulo Dybala with his deadly left foot could be prototype of a Lionel Messi clone.
Dybala’s strike partner Gonzalo Higuain among others has observed the similarties between the two Argentines, who face off in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg between Juventus and Barcelona.
It will be a great tribute to the five-time world player of the year’s achievements that Argentina is looking for the next Messi rather than the next Diego Maradona.
Hundreds of talented number 10s was christened as Maradona’s heir before Messi turned even the “Hand of God” into distant memory.
Higuain, who joined Juventus in a peevish transfer from Napoli for 90 million Euros ($96 million) at the start of the season and has played alongside Lionel Messi for most of his 68 Argentina caps commented , “Messi is the best, he shows it every day.”
Talking to media,he said, “”Paulo is still young. He is 23 and has the world at his feet.”
Diminutive Paulo won the combat in the first leg last week with a quickie first-half double as Juventus claimed a commanding 3-0 lead.
“It’s one of my greatest nights in football,” said Dybala after the first leg. “Let’s not ruin it now.” Last week in Turin was only the second time Dybala and Messi have graced the same pitch.
Earlier Dybala was sent off on his first start for Argentina and was consoled and bailed out by his captain that night.
“Messi told me to be calm, that these things happen and that it was the referee’s fault,” Dybala said afterwards.
Although, Messi too was sent off for the only time in his career just minutes into his Argentina debut.
Messi is banned for three of Argentina’s four remaining games of a floundering World Cup qualifying campaign, with Dybala clearly the most natural replacement.