Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly laughed at Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala when the latter told him he is “hated” in his country of Argentina.

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.

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.

“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.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus lead Serie A by a point with 12 rounds of the season to go
Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus lead Serie A by a point with 12 rounds of the season to go AFP / Vincenzo PINTO

“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.