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How Cristiano Ronaldo Reacted When Paulo Dybala Told Him He Is ‘Hated’ In Lionel Messi’s Home Country Argentina

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Dybala, who is Ronaldo’s arch-rival Lionel Messi’s compatriot, has struck a pretty fine bond with the Portuguese in the Juventus dressing room. In the ongoing Serie A season, Ronaldo has netted 21 goals for the Turin side in comparison to Dybala’s seven despite the Argentinean playing a game more. Overall across competitions, Ronaldo has found the net as many as 25 times to Dybala’s 13 this campaign, which has been halted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ronaldo has dominated the world of soccer for the past decade. He is a massive figure in the sport and hence, he has a huge fan following along with many haters too. The 35-year-old forward kickstarted his career at Sporting Lisbon before he took a leap and joined Manchester United, with whom he won three Premier League titles and a Champions League. He then moved to Real Madrid and in his nine-year spell at Bernabeu, he went on to add another four Champions League trophies to his decorated cabinet along with two La Liga titles and a few more trophies.

Ronaldo’s glorious years in Spain came to an end when he decided to move to Serie A ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. At Juventus, Ronaldo teamed up with Messi’s fellow Argentine, Dybala, who revealed to the Portuguese that he is not liked in Argentina, in fact, he is “hated.”

While Dybala was not expecting it, Ronaldo just laughed the comment off and once again proved to the former that he is not as arrogant as he usually comes around as.

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TOPSHOT – Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) goes to embrace Juventus’ Argentine forward Paulo Dybala (L) after Dybala opened the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Inter vs Juventus on October 6, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

“On a personal level, I was surprised for good because I did not know him, none of us knew anything about him. Even in the previous Champions League, we were knocked out against Real Madrid and there had been many crosses.”

“But then we found something else, he is an excellent guy, very sociable and friendly inside and outside the locker room. Always ready to talk, to listen, that surprised me, is an important figure, they are not always like that,” Dybala said in an interview published on the Argentine national team website.

“Once I sat down to talk to him, we were traveling. I said ‘look, if I’m honest, we in Argentina hate you a bit, because of your personality, your way of being, then you really surprised me because I found something else’. He laughed because he said ‘I know that’s the way it is, but I know how I am, I’m used to being criticized for that’,” the Argentine forward further added in the interview.

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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