Juventus forward Dybala plays down Messi comparisons amid Barca reports

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has distanced himself from comparisons with countryman Lionel Messi amid persistent reports of a potential move to Barcelona.

Dybala has been comparedwith the five-time Ballon d'Or winner as his profile continues to grow at Italian champions Juve.

The 23-year-old Argentine forward has netted 14 goals in all competitions this season butinsists he is his own man amid claims ofsimilarities with one of the world's greatest.

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"People have to know that I'm not Messi.I am Dybala and I want to be only Dybala, although I understand that there are comparisons," Dybala told Marca.

"Messi, there is only one, as there was only one Maradona.

"You cannot replace players like them.It is a burden that people have expectations about me.

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"I will try to compensate them by giving the maximum."

Dybala has been linked with a move to Barca, who are reported to have the former Palermo striker on their radar as they consider their transfer options.

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He is yet to sign a new deal but remains contracted to Juventus until 2020.

"Three years ago, in Palermo, I did not think I would go to Juve," Dybala said. "Therefore, I enjoy day-to-day and I do not think beyond.

"I am happy here, where everyone loves me very much.I feel at one of my best moments."

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