Cristiano Ronaldo decided to skip the Ballon d’Or ceremony, as he was aware of the fact that he wasn’t the winner of the award and had to attend the Serie A gala instead, where he’d be crowned as the best player in the tournament.
So, when a reporter asked Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk about Ronaldo’s absence, the center-back joked by saying ‘was he a rival then?’, something Cristiano’s sister Katia Aveiro didn’t find funny at all.
So, Aveiro went on to her Instagram account to write a full rant against the Dutch defender, calling him out and telling him to win a title before talking about Cristiano Ronaldo:
“Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come (back) a thousand times. You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a three-time champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hands on the trophy.
Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, he was even younger than you. Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of club football. Real Madrid, (does that) tell you something, Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final. Of these (Ballons d’Or), Ronaldo already has five, Virgil.
And that fellow Ronaldo and his team-mates crushed your ‘Oranje’ 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, (you go and) win titles that 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! For me, Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world!!!” Aveiro wrote on her Instagram account.
Cristiano Ronaldo has never been a fan of losing and, apparently, neither is his family. Still, it’s clear that van Dijk didn’t mean to take a shot at him and was just fooling around, as you could tell by hearing the full interview. Will he hit back or will he take the high road?