Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, has launched an attack on Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman made a cheek-in-toungue comment at the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.

Van Dijk, who finished second to Lionel Messi in the 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings, was asked a question by a reporter which was based around Ronaldo and whether he was seen as a rival for the award in the eyes of Van Dijk.

Van Dijk responded to the question: “Was Cristiano Ronaldo really a rival?”

Ronaldo was not in attendance, which was why Van Dijk gave the response he did, but it did not go down well with Ronaldo’s sister, despite it clearly being a joke.

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“I think there are people living completely frustrated !!! And unrealistic… such humility!” Aveiro wrote on Instagram, as quoted by Metro.

“It is well known that Ronaldo will not win tonight’s prize. Although I have won important collective titles … but this is another conversation and that up ahead we will see where the truth about football will come !!!

“Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come a thousand times.

“You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a tri-champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hand in the can.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, I was even younger than you.

“Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of a clubezito.

“Real Madrid, tell you something Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final. Of these, Ronaldo already has five, Virgil.

“And that fellow Ronaldo and team-mates, with the corners on his chest, crushed your “orange” in a final. Was it hard, Virgil? We have pity. And, dear Virgil, In one of the least successful times of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has won even more titles than you. Awesome, isn’t it?

“Now Virgil will win titles from those who really count and then we’ll talk. When you have a handful of them, the really important ones, you might be able to sit at the table with Cristiano. Or as they say in our land, it grows and appears!

“It’s for me Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world !!! And who does not like to put it on the wheel of the plate !!! (as they say in our land, small for many) but where came the best ever.”

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3 Responses

  1. Jonathan

    Her mother tongue is not English so forgive her rant and misunderstanding. Admire her family loyalty!

  2. David Baguley

    Aveiro cannot appreciate a joke; or has she a large chip, on her shoulders, and cannot accept that VVD was better than her brother last year, and so goes on on his past achievements? Grow up, really!!!

  3. The Observer

    Many a serious things are said in jest. Take a look at Liverpool interview with Joe Gomez and van Dyke.

    Did he try to uplift Gomez?


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