The ex-Italy international believes two Argentine forwards are worlds apart in terms of current ability, while he himself is looking to find a club

Comparisons between Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi are laughable in the eyes of Antonio Cassano, with the Juventus forward “not a champion”.

A bright start to the season for a star turn in Turin saw him placed in a bracket alongside a fellow Argentine at Barcelona .

Dybala has, however, dipped since then, while Messi has remained a mercurial presence at Camp Nou and a model of consistency.

Cassano believes it is those qualities were separate two countrymen, with it wrong to suggest that a 24-year-old yet to fulfil his true potential is on the same level as a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“Paulo Dybala is a fine player, but not a champion,” the former Italy international told Corriere dello Sport .

“Last season he was in great form and compared to Leo Messi, but I had to laugh. Let’s not even joke about such things, please. Leo is on another level.”

According to Cassano, who has turned out in Serie A for the likes of Milan and Sampdoria in the past, only Dybala’s Juve team-mates Gianluigi Buffon, Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic can be considered “champions” in the Italian top-flight.

There was a time when Cassano himself could have been considered to occupy such a bracket, with his efforts at Roma earning a move to Real Madrid in 2006.

He has, however, struggled to maintain his own…

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