Lionel Messi 'Dybala is the future'

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has backed compatriot Paulo Dybala to become one of the best players around in the game in the future

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Lionel Messi believes Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala is destined for greatness and has a bright future ahead of him.

Dybala last month received his first call-up for Argentina following some fine performances for Palermo last season and for new club Juventus in the opening weeks of the 2015-16 campaign.

The 21-year-old remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes of his side's 2-0 World Cup qualification loss against Ecuador on Friday, yet Messi - who is recovering from a knee injury - is confident his compatriot will become a household name in the future.

"Paulo is a great player and he has a bright future ahead of him," the Barcelona man told Tuttosport.

"I have no doubt about it that people will talk about him a lot over the next few years."

Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in June 2015 for an initial transfer fee of 32 million - potentially rising to 40m - and has netted four goals in nine appearances for the reigning Serie A champions so far this term.

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