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Dybala teases that he told Ronaldo he ‘hated him’

During their stint at Juventus, Paulo Dybala informed Cristiano Ronaldo that he had a childhood dislike for him because of his Argentine origins.

Dybala and Ronaldo played together for three seasons at Juventus, winning two Serie A titles and several domestic cups before Ronaldo’s departure to Manchester United in 2021.

However, despite their success on the field, it was still an unusual feeling for Dybala to play alongside one of the greatest players in history, especially since he had a strong loyalty towards his national hero. During a team flight, Dybala jokingly informed Ronaldo that he “hated him as a kid” due to his Argentine roots.

Reflecting to presenter Diletta Leotta on DAZN’s ‘Scacco Capitale’, the Argentine revealed: “It was three good years with Cristiano, the team was strong and he gave us something extra. The rivalry between him and [Lionel] Messi is deeply felt in Argentina and as a child, of course, I was always on Messi’s side.

One time we were on a plane to go play a game, I was at the back and he was sitting further forward. At one point he came to me to talk about football and other things. We used to discuss our lives in general and so I said to him ‘I basically hated you as a kid’. We had some laughs. We’ve always had a good relationship, a good dialogue.”

Dybala has been sensational for Roma

Although Ronaldo left Juventus in 2021, Dybala departed the club a year later to sign with Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the Italian capital.

Despite struggling with fitness at times, the 29-year-old has made an impressive 25-goal contribution in 34 games this season and has helped push Roma to the brink of Champions League qualification while also leading them to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Speaking on his decision to join the capital club, Dybala continued: “The story begins a bit here at the Colosseum. As a child, I watched many films about Rome and the gladiators. I must have seen the film ‘Gladiator’ more or less twenty times. When Tiago Pinto contacted us, these things came to mind. I said to myself ‘I have to do something in this city'”.

Mourinho is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in Rome, and Dybala added that the Portuguese was crucial in getting him to join: “Mourinho has an image and an important power for what he represents in the world of football. He would be a good chess player. Before arriving in Roma we spoke twice, he is very good at ‘getting inside someone’. I have felt a special feeling: finding someone who speaks sincerely in the world of football is difficult.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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