Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro launched a scathing rant at Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk after he joked about the Juventus star at the Ballon d'Or 2019 ceremony on Monday.
Ronaldo snubbed the ceremony, and 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?"
The joke seems not to have gone well with Aveiro who in a lengthy Instagram post noted: "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 !!!"
Van Dijk finished second in the voting for this year's Ballon d'Or, behind winner Lionel Messi but ahead of third-placed Juventus star Ronaldo.