Juventus striker Paulo Dybala insists he cannot match the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and is instead out to be "first among the humans".
The Argentina international has scored 72 goals in just 147 appearances for the Bianconeri, and at the age of 24 Dybala is among the next generation of players looking to break the duopoly of Juventus team-mate Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi.
Alessandro Del Piero has tipped Dybala and PSG star Kylian Mbappe to be take over from the two superstars, but the forward is insistent that no mere mortal can ascend to the throne while the eternal rivals are still playing.
“For that to be the case, Messi and Ronaldo would need to be at the twilight of their careers, but they are still doing extraordinary things,” Dybala said, per La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Messi and Cristiano are beyond the norm. My objective is to be first among the humans."
Speaking about other players who could potentially become the best in the world, Dybala has also hailed Real Madeis playmaker Isco, and insists he has always dreamed of being recognised as the finest player on the planet.
"Of the other humans, I like Isco, because he never loses the ball, but Neymar and Mbappé are also excellent players," he added.
“When I was a child, sitting in front of the campfire, I wished that I could win the Ballon d’Or. If you want to improve, you have to set high targets.”