Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is aware of how fortunate he is to be “the only one in the world” who gets to partner both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Argentine star is now a club colleague of one five-time Ballon d’Or winner and an international team-mate of another.
Dybala finds himself in a unique situation as a result, with no other player at present able to boast such illustrious strike partners for club and country.
The 24-year-old is determined to make the most of a favourable position which is allowing him to pick the brains of two all-time greats.
He is reluctant to be drawn into the debate regarding who is the best, with both Ronaldo and Messi bringing so much to the table that he would prefer to just marvel at both of their stunning skill sets.
Dybala told Il Corriere della Sera: “What’s surprising about Ronaldo is how much he works and his desire to win.
“There are no big differences between Messi and him.
“They are two great players and I am lucky to be the only one in the world who can play with both of them.”
Unfortunately for Dybala, Ronaldo’s arrival at Juve has threatened to nudge him down the pecking order in Turin.
“I am feeling well, I have self-confidence and with Ronaldo, it’s harder for our opponents,” he added.
Dybala lined up on Wednesday in a post just behind Ronaldo, with the South American happy to operate in whatever role his manager sees fit.
He said: “Sometimes [Massimiliano] Allegri wants me to play in a deeper position to link attack and midfield. It depends on the games.
“When there are defensive teams, it’s hard to have the ball in between the lines.”Juve will be looking to the likes od Dybala and Ronaldo for inspiration once again in their next outing, with the current top two in Serie A set to go head-to-head on Saturday when Napoli pay a visit to the Allianz Stadium.