Van Dijk’s joke about Ronaldo at the Balon D’Or ceremony didn’t quite go down well with Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro.
The Dutch defender finished ahead of Ronaldo in the recent Balon D’Or outing, and just behind eventual winner, Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo dodged the ceremony bringing up speculations that he snubbed the ceremony because he knew he wasn’t really a contender for the award.
When Van Dijk was told by a reported that Ronaldo not coming for the award show meant he had one less rival to worry about. The Liverpool centre-back joked saying: “Was Cristiano really a rival?”
The Portuguese’s sister has responded angrily to the tongue-in-cheek comment made by Van Dijk with a lengthy Instagram post which she made via her verified Instagram handle.
Katia Aveiro stressed the fact that her brother had a more successful career than the former Southampton defender.
His awards haul includes five Balon D’Or wins, only one shy of Messi’s six, five European Cups and league titles in England, Spain and Italy.
The Portugal International inspired his country to a win in the Euro 2016 and in this year’s edition of the UEFA Nations, in which the Juventus forward helped Portugal win Van Dijk’s Holland.
On the other hand, Van Dijk has only lifted an European Cup and Super Cup with Liverpool. Prior to that, he lifted two league titles and one Scottish League cup with Scottish side, Celtic.
Aveiro’s post as translated by the Metro from Portuguese read:
“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.
“It’s for me Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world !!!”