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Pirlo makes a big claim on Dybala & Ronaldo

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Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo reckons Paulo Dybala has suffered a “psychological” problem since Cristiano Ronaldo set foot in Turin.

The 25-year-old striker has been a prominent member of the Juventus team across the past four seasons upon completing a €32m transfer from fellow Italian side Palermo in the summer of 2014.

Dybala has since been undisputably one of the Juventus’ finest performers in recent years on the back of registering an impressive 78 goals and 31 assists in 179 appearances across all competitions.

But the Argentina international has struggled to match his usual level of performances this season, with just five goals to his name in 27 Serie A games.

This has prompted concern over Dybala’s long-term future at Juventus amid talk of a possible move to the Premier League at either Manchester United or Liverpool.

However, Pirlo has instead urged Dybala to remain where he is and embrace the opportunity of being Ronaldo’s team-mate.

“Dybala’s value has decreased and that’s not Juventus’ fault. I think the problem is psychological,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“When you have the chance to play with a striker like Cristiano Ronaldo you should be happy about playing with him, you should be happy to learn from such a great champion.

“Dybala needs to understand that he is playing for Juventus, not in a medium team.

“Everyone will try to help him but he is the one who must recharge batteries, he must become the same player that he used to be.”

After their Champions League quarter-final exit to Ajax on Tuesday, Juventus are looking to return to winning ways against Fiorentina today.

Although Massimiliano Allegri’s side only need a point to seal an eighth consecutive Serie A title at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – JANUARY 16: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala shirts hang inside the Juventus dressing room ahead of the Italian Supercup match between Juventus and AC Milan at King Abdullah Sports City on January 16, 2019 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images for Lega Serie A)