Giorgio Chiellini admits that Juventus were overly focused on Cristiano Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s time at the club, with Paulo Dybala being tipped to step up and become the team’s new talisman.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner departed Turin this summer, with an emotional return to Manchester United made by an all-time great who had scored over 100 goals through three seasons in Italy.
Ronaldo had been the centre of attention for Juve throughout his time in Serie A, but Chiellini believes Argentina international Dybala is ready to fill a sizeable void and become the go-to man for attacking inspiration.
Chiellini told DAZN:
“When you have a world-class player like Cristiano, you cannot help but use the team to play for him. We must be grateful to Cristiano for all he did during these years at Juventus, but we carry on.
“This will be Paulo Dybala’s team. Over the last couple of years, he lowered his average goals because of Cristiano’s presence, but he is a key player for this team and that is recognised by everyone.”