Serie A: Juventus striker reveals key reason why he's still not ready to wear club legend's number 10

Tom Power

Paulo Dybala has paid tribute to Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero for his footballing example but admitted that he needed to learn more if he was to be compared favourably to the forward.

The striker spoke to Sky Italia (via the below Streamable video) about the comparisons that have been made between him and Del Piero, and Dybala even got to converse with one of I Bianconeri's all-time greats after the 42-year-old was one of the pundits in the studio for Juve's 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Friday.

Asked to describe what Del Piero was to him growing up in Argentina and now in Turin, Dybala explained that it was what the attacking maestro represented as a person, rather than his footballing ability, that has made him one of Dybala's idols.

He said: "It's not about what Del Piero was, it's about what he is. He's an example to me, even if following in his footsteps won't be easy.

"But I hope to be able to do what he's been able to do, and not just on the field but off it too. He's an example to everyone. He's always a fair person and I've had the pleasure to know him as a person, and he's shown me how great a person he is."

Dybala has plundered 17 goals for Juventus this term, but the ex-Palermo man still insists he can improve further. 

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Asked about further comparisons between him and the former Juve number 10, Dybala added that the similarities between the pair weren't as perfect as some were making out, and used his finishing in front of goal as an example of where he could improve before being labelled in the same league as Del Piero, before stating that he would never as for the 2006 World Cup winner's adored number at the club.

He said (via Football Italia): “Where do I lack compared to him? Definitely, in front of goal, he scored a lot more than me. I’m missing a lot to be like Del Piero.

“The number 10? I’ve always said that the number 21 is important for Juve. Alex’s 10 is hard to wear, I respect 21 and I want to wear this number. I’ll never ask for the number 10, if the club offers me it then we’ll talk. My future? I want to be a Bianconero symbol.”

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