- Ballon d'Or 2019 award went to Barcelona star Lionel Messi
- The Argentine beat Ronaldo and Van Dijk to the award in France
- Ronaldo's sister has lashed out at the Dutchman for insinuating her brother was never a rival
Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro has blasted Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk after mocking her brother at the 2019 Ballon d'Or award ceremony.
The Dutchman finished above Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's edition of the event put together to recognize excellence in the world of football.
As Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi won the prestigious prize following a goal-laden year which helped his club win the Spanish League title.
The Argentine won his sixth Ballon d'Or award - one more than his bitter rival in France earlier this week.
Meanwhile, when Van Dijk was asked whether it was one less competitor to worry about, he replied: "Was Cristiano Ronaldo really a rival?"
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star helped his national team win the maiden edition of the UEFA Nations League this year, having won the Euro Championship in 2016.
Though Netherlands lost the UEFA Nations League to Portugal, the Reds defender feels Ronaldo was never a rival.
Aveiro's post, translated from Portuguese by Metro, 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.
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"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!!!"
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been named the winner of the 2019 Ballon d'Or award beating arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk to the award.
Before Lionel Messi was even named as the winner on Monday night, December 2, in Paris, many football fans and pundits have tipped the Argentine footballer to win the award.
Lionel Messi has now won the Ballon d'Or award for the sixth time in his glorious football career playing for only Barcelona.
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