Dybala told Cristiano Ronaldo he’s "hated" – but they could be Man Utd teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo gave a classy response when told by former Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala that he was hated in Argentina in some part due to their love of Barcelona icon Lionel Messi.

The Manchester United forward, who broke record at Real Madrid before winning back-to-back Serie A titles, played alongside Dybala on 93 occasions in Italy, combining for 12 goals.

With the Argentina midfielder now linked with a Premier League move by AS after leaving Juventus on a free, with Tottenham and United both named as potential suitors, a conversation between the pair on how he is portrayed has resurfaced.

Dybala told the Argentine national team website in 2020: "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'."

Adding of Ronaldo's response: "He laughed because he said, 'I know that’s the way it is, but I know how I am, I’m used to being criticised for that.'"

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The Juventus hero then admitted that he had a different opinion of Ronaldo before playing alongside him, saying that the public perception of his personality is incorrect.

Dybala added: "On a personal level, I was surprised for good because I did not know him, none of us knew anything about him.

"He is an excellent guy, very sociable and friendly inside and outside the locker room.

"Always ready to talk, to listen, that surprised me, being an important figure, they are not always like that."

Ronaldo has one year left on the two-year deal he signed at United last summer, and has told fans that he will be sticking around as Eric ten Hag gets to work.

He said: "We are all happy and excited [with the arrival], not only as players but as fans as well. We have to believe that next year we can win titles."

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