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Three-time Ballon d’Or winner and former UEFA president Michel Platini has compared Chelsea transfer target Paulo Dybala to footballing greats such as Diego Maradona, Omar Sivori and Neymar.
“I like Paulo a lot. He’s part of the category of players like Maradona, [Omar] Sivori, Neymar… he may have a little less talent, but let’s see,” Platini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s not Ronaldo, he’s not Messi and he’s not a regista, he’s an offensive playmaker who plays as a striker.
“The Argentine’s very good on the pitch and he’s fresh-faced. He comes across as a likeable lad. It’s interesting that he has matched me for goals and appearances in Serie A. Figures are one thing but we’re different players.
“I always try to avoid comparisons, but I can say that he’s definitely better than me in one thing: he’s 40 years younger!
“He’s also more of an attacker than I was, he’s a forward. They can play him wherever they want but he’s still a forward.
“He also scores enough goals. I was a midfielder who scored lots of goals, a team player who drove everyone else on, more than Dybala. It’s not that he doesn’t but he’s an attacker.
“He’s not Platini. He’s more… Maradona-esque.”