Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro has taken to social networking site, Instagram to launch a scathing attack at Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman joked about her brother during the 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday.
Ronaldo who finished third in the eventual standings behind Messi and Van Dijk, snubbed the ceremony in Paris, instead preferring to travel to Milan where he received the 2018/19 Serie A "Best Player of the Year" award.
His absence was felt though and when when a reporter put it to Van Dijk before the award was announced that that meant he had one less rival to worry about, the Dutch centre-half joked: "Was Cristiano really a rival?"
This statement did not go down well with Aveiro who responded to Van Dijk's jibe with a lengthy post on Instagram where she pointed out to her brothers vastly superior trophy record.
"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," she wrote.
"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."
"It’s for me Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world!!!"