Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi cannot last forever.
The duo have dominated club football for nearly a decade now, with one of the pair winning the Ballon d’Or ever year since 2008.
But neither of them are getting younger, and at 32, Ronaldo will need replacing sooner rather than later.
Real Madrid’s much-fabled front three of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo (BBC) has not quite lived up to expectations this year.
Injuries, suspensions and form have been an issue at getting them playing together – since the end of October, the trio have only started two league matches – the 3-1 win at Villarreal in February and Saturday’s 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
The hierarchy at the Bernabéu know it’s time for a change – and they need to bring someone in to freshen up Zinedine Zidane's attack, despite being top of La Liga.
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And Dybala could well become the next galáctico.
How much would Dybala cost?
If Real Madrid do decide to go after Dybala in the summer, they will be hoping the Juventus board don’t listen to outgoing Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who sold the Argentinean to I Bianconeri for €40million back in 2015.
Zamparini believes the 23-year-old is already one of the best in the world.
“We are talking about the new Messi, he will become a player like Messi and he is already at that level,” he said.
“He is always man of the match for Juventus whenever I see him play.
“He is the type of attacker who plays for the team and puts others in the position to score.
“I would say he is worth €140 or €150million, like I said, he is the new Messi.
“I have been saying that he was destined to become a star ever since he arrived at Palermo.
“I hope he will stay at Juventus, I think they can hold on to him, but of course there will be approaches.
“World-class players are always coveted by everyone.”
Dybala is yet to sign a new contract at Juventus to bring him into line with the likes of Gonzalo Higuaín in terms of pay, despite the club insisting it was a formality since January.
And that will give Real Madrid hope to tempt him.
But he won’t come cheap – Juventus want to be competing with the very best in Europe once again and after selling Paul Pogba last summer, won’t want to lose another prized asset.
If Dybala goes, it would be no surprise to see him go for nearly the world record transfer fee, if not above it – after all, he does have the potential to be a future Ballon d’Or winner.
How does Dybala compare to Real Madrid's BBC?
At Juventus, Dybala tends to play off Higuaín, but in Real Madrid’s favoured 4-3-3 formation, there is no real No.10 role.
This would probably mean he would play either as the man striker – which he has done this season – or wide left or right – like Álvaro Morata has on occasion.
So does he compare to the front three in the league this season?
Ronaldo’s 19 goals dwarf the Juventus man’s eight – but he is more on par with Benzema (eight) and Bale (seven).
If you work that out per 90 minutes though, Dybala’s 0.47 goals is the lowest – behind both Bale and Benzema on 0.52 and Ronaldo on 0.89.
The Argentinean does beat Ronaldo in terms of shot accuracy – 48 per cent to 46 per cent, but Benzema (58 per cent) and Bale (51 per cent) get more of their attempts at goal on target
Out of the quartet, Dybala does create considerably more chances per 90 though – 2.27, compared to Benzema’s 1.82 which is the next highest.
He also destroys the competition in terms of successful take-ons, which would be more than handy with Real Madrid’s quick counter attacks.
Dybala has won 71.21 per cent of his take-ons in Serie A – not bad in a league that has the reputation for the best defending in the world.
By contrast, none of Ronaldo, Bale or Benzema have won more than half of theirs.
But it’s not just quality, it’s quantity too in terms of take-ons for Dybala.
He has averaged 2.73 successful take-ons per 90 minutes in the league this season.
That blows Ronaldo (0.8), Benzema (0.65) and Bale (1.49) out of the water.
His pass completion rate of 86 per cent is also higher than any of the trio, and Dybala also completes the most passes per 90 – 44.97 – too.
The 23-year-old may have to improve on his heading skills if he does arrive in the Spanish capital though – he has won a ridiculously low 16.67 per cent of his aerial duels this season, compared to Ronaldo’s 48.98 per cent, Benzema’s 44.12 per cent and Bale’s 59.62 per cent.
A future galáctico?
If Dybala does find himself at Real Madrid, it will likely be for an exorbitant fee.
The man at Juventus has the world at his feet, and for many players that means playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It’s undeniable that if he did arrive at Real Madrid, it would be expected for him to demolish the BBC, but where he plays would be down to Zidane – he could replace Ronaldo on the left, although you would assume it would be up the middle, with Benzema’s disappointing form this season.
It would also give Real Madrid an attack the envy of the world, perhaps even Barcelona.