Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala has the unenviable challenge of competing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for club and country, respectively. The 26-year-old has now opened up about his relationship with the two global superstars.
Speaking in an interview with El Pais recently, Dybala revealed that his friends had mocked his bad luck for having to compete with arguably the best players in the world, but he insisted he sees it as a learning opportunity rather than a challenge.
"My friends used to say that I had Messi in the national team, and then Juve went and signed Cristiano, but I said they were wrong," Dybala said.
"Who doesn't want to play with the best? I can study them every day. We're talking about two phenomenons. Two players who are two steps above anyone else."
The former Palermo forward also stated that he enjoys a good relationship with both players, despite competing for a position with them.
"I have good vibes with Cristiano. We talk a lot, sometimes we chat for a long time, about the national team, Juve, but also about things that have nothing to do with football," he added.
"... And, with Leo, too. The relationship has grown a lot. We share mate (a caffeine-rich drink) afternoons and we have a group where we play trick in the room."
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Dybala has scored six goals in 15 matches across all competitions for the Bianconeri so far this season, and made 10 appearances for Argentina during the 2019 calendar year.
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