Douglas Costa admits he had doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on the Juventus dressing room but that the No 7 ‘won everyone over very quickly’.

Ronaldo silenced his remaining critics with a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, and Costa revealed how the Portuguese had ‘improved Juve in every aspect’, despite his initial reservations about the transfer.

“When he arrived. I thought ‘the best player in the world has joined, right?’” he told YouTube channel De Sola.

“As soon as he arrived, the club improved in every aspect. His contribution has been noticeable.

“He scores goals every week, he’s brought more fans to the stadium and we hope to win things with him so we make history with him by our side.

“He’s a stand-up guy, he’s hard-working and he’s always with us. If he doesn’t talk to me, who does he talk to? We only talk in Portuguese.

“Believe it or not but when Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival was being talked about, I asked ‘what will the dressing room be like?’

“We all have to love each other as teammates because we’re all looking for a place in the team, but Cristiano won everyone over very quickly.

“He’s a simple, hardworking guy who likes to win. Juventus were looking for a player with his mentality, so he’s given us a lot.”

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