Sunday May 1 2016
Dybala: 'Juventus for 20 years!'

Paulo Dybala admits he’d love to “become a monument at Juventus for 20 years” and win the Ballon d’Or, but leaves the 10 to Paul Pogba.

The Argentine spoke to Tuttosport after winning the Scudetto in his maiden season in Turin.

“Could I become like Alessandro Del Piero and Gigi Buffon? Yes, I can picture that. Their story fascinates me: 20 years with the same shirt makes you a monument.

“I cannot promise it, because this is not only up to me, but it would be wonderful to win what they’ve won and stay at Juventus forever.”

Unlike Buffon, Dybala would prefer to have the Champions League in his trophy cabinet.

“The worst moment was the elimination to Bayern Munich. It still hurts now. I was watching at home due to my injury and couldn’t even be there to gain experience. Logically, I thought we’d done it until we conceded at the last minute. We were so close!

“Claudio Marchisio is my most important teammate, as he was close to me from the first day. Buffon, Patrice Evra and the other veterans are the wisest, as they have a more mature way of facing the locker room atmosphere.

“They teach us to joke at the right moments and to work when we need to work. I have no idols now, but my Bianconeri teammates are reference points for me.

“As an opponent I felt the fear of stepping into the Juventus Stadium and it’s difficult to concentrate with the crowd so close to the pitch. No other stadium in Italy has the same atmosphere and effect on the opposition.

“Now that I am at Juve, I see the rivalry, especially on social networks. Italy is divided in two groups: half of them support Juventus, the other half hate them!”

Dybala wore the Number 10 jersey at Palermo, but is happy to let Pogba hold on to it at Juventus.

“I would like to wear the 10, but it is occupied. I hope it will remain occupied for a long time. I don’t know if Pogba will stay, as that is his choice.”

Included in the Argentina preliminary squad for the Copa America, Dybala has been compared to Leo Messi.

“It is pleasing and the comparison doesn’t weigh on me. I don’t know if I’ll become like Messi, but my objective is to win the Ballon d’Or.

“I will say that in Italy there is much better defending and it’s a tactical type of football. The little clubs do not play in a wild and careless way they do in Spain. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would not have scored 80-90 goals in Italy.”