Paulo Dybala says that he told Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo he is not a very popular figure in Argentina, as Lionel Messi’s homeland “hates” the Portuguese star.
The sporting rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo has seen both cement their status as two of the greatest to ever play the game.
Clashes between Messi’s Barcelona and Ronaldo’s Real Madrid have been among the most anticipated and appreciated in football history, with both players seemingly raising their games in an effort to best the other.
Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018, ending the on-field rivalry in La Liga, but the debate still continues as to which of the two should be counted as his rival’s better.
Now a team-mate of Ronaldo in Turin, Argentina international Dybala admitted to the Portuguese star that his country has no love for him, even if he has since learned that forward is a person worthy of admiration.
“I said to him, ‘Cristiano, in Argentina, we hate you a bit because of your figure, because of how you are, of how you walk. The truth is that you’ve surprised me because I’ve found you to be different’,” Dybala said in an interview with the Argentinian Football Association.
Source: News update