Italy and Juventus legend Dino Zoff, who is widely considered as one the greatest footballer of his generation claims 'Juventus are better than Real Madrid' this season.
His claims are based on after the Turin club signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Los Blancos in a club record €100m (R1.6b) deal and the arrival of Germany midfielder Emre Can - further bolstering Max Allegri's options in the centre of the park.
"Juventus are not less technical or less strong than Madrid in the centre of the field and up front. This Juventus team has potential in many players and we have not yet seen Emre Can. They are not inferior to Real Madrid," Zoff told Radio Monte Carlo.
"Juventus this year are better than Real Madrid, because they have a frightening midfield. They have Emre Can, (Federico) Bernardeschi, who defends a lot, and (Blaise) Matuidi, an incredible worker.
"I am convinced that they are better. Whether they go on to win, that depends. But on paper I do not see Juventus as inferior to Madrid," the goalkeeper who won six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and one Uefa Cup with Juve added.
After Ronaldo's Serie A debut in Juventus' 3-2 victory over Chievo Verona last Saturday, in which he failed to score a goal, the big debate in Italy has focused on how to best fit the Portuguese legend into coach Allegri’s side.
"I think that with Ronaldo there are no problems around how to play. Allegri knows and will decide on different solutions at different times."