Together the two Juventus team-mates have been involved in 42 goals in all competition this season.

Juventus will face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in Spain in their Round of 16 fixture in UEFA Champions League. Collectively, both the teams have made it to the final of the tournament four times in the last five years. The Turin based club are the league toppers in Italy while Atletico are seven points behind Barcelona from the top.

Juve talisman, Paulo Dybala has found his scoring boots, linking with Cristiano Ronaldo extra-ordinarily in Serie A. The 25-year-old Argentine insists that the company of the Portuguese is assisting him on and off the field to grow.

“[Ronaldo is] a laid-back and normal guy, like the rest of us. Despite all he’s achieved throughout his career, he’s always been very gracious in the dressing room,” he added. 

“That helps to make you feel comfortable when you’re in the presence of such a player. I compare him to Leo Messi, because everyone else does, and I think that they’re two exceptional players; as I said, you learn a great deal from players and people like them, both on and off the field,” said Dybala.

Ronaldo has scored 22 goals against Atletico Madrid during his time with Real Madrid for nine years, including three hattricks.

“Atlético are very strong defensively and are very good on the counter. If you’re not alert defensively, they’ve got players who can wreak real havoc. The same goes for us; we know where our strengths lie and they’ll likely be working hard to try and make sure we don’t do them any damage,” said Paulo.

The forward added, “We already know all about their playing style, how Diego Simeone sets his sides up and just how tough it’ll be. To reach the final and win this competition, you have to beat whoever is in front of you and you’re never going to have any easy games.”


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After having sour experiences in the past, especially being knocked out by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid for the past two consecutive seasons, Dybala said, “We have to take things step by step. We know that it’ll be far from easy, but as a team we’re really up for it.”

The treble hopes are done for Juventus as they were knocked out from Coppa Italia after a 3-0 defeat from Atlanta. In Serie A, they are well off 13 points clear on the top and yet to lose a game.