Juventus star Paulo Dybala has opened the future move to Paris Saint-Germain after expressing his desire to play alongside Neymar.
The Brazil international moved to Parc des Princes from Barcelona for a world-record fee of €222m (£198m, $262m) in the summer transfer window. Neymar has enjoyed a good start to his life in Paris, scoring 13 goals and eights assists in the Champions League and Ligue 1.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the current holder of the Ballon d'Or, having already won it four times. Barcelona star Lionel Messi has won it for a record five times. Dybala hailed Neymar after admitting that the PSG star is the closest after Messi and Ronaldo to win the prestigious individual award.
"I'd like to play with Neymar in the future. At the moment he is the one closest to winning it, being closer to the level of Messi and Ronaldo," Dybala told France Football, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"I have to work to improve and win trophies. Once, in front of a bonfire with friends we all made a wish — my own was to win the Ballon d'Or."
Dybala's desire to play alongside Neymar in the future may come as a disappointment to the other top European clubs. According to the Daily Mail, La Liga giants Real and Barcelona, along with Jose Mourinho's Manchester United are interested in signing the Argentine international.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly made it clear to Dybala's management in September that the player is wanted by Mourinho at Old Trafford, if and when he decides to leave Juventus.
The 24-year-old has already admitted he cannot guarantee his future in Turin beyond the next summer transfer window. He also stressed that he missed his former Juventus teammates Dani Alves and Paul Pogba, who are at PSG and United respectively. A move to PSG next summer will help him play alongside Neymar and the full-back in Paris.
Meanwhile, Dybala says Messi is a "born leader" after the Barcelona star's hat-trick against Ecuador helped Argentina to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"I have always admired Ronaldinho. But Leo is like Maradona for those of our generation. For me it's an honour to play with him in the national team. He dragged us to the World Cup with the hat-trick in Ecuador. He is a born leader," the Juventus forward explained.
Dybala has scored 12 goals and registered two assists in 13 league appearances for Juventus this season.