Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, has launched an angry Instagram rant on Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk who jokingly questioned whether her brother deserved to be nominated for 2019 Ballon D’Or.

Van Dijk finished second behind Lionel Messi who won the award for the record sixth time.

Both Messi and Van Dijk were present at the awards but Ronaldo, who has already won the award five times, was noticeably absent having chosen to attend the Serie A awards in Milan where he was crowned Serie A Player of the Year.

Asked about Ronaldo’s absence, Van Dijk jokingly replied, “Why? Was he a candidate?”

The Dutchman’s reply sparked Katia Aviero’s anger and she took to instagram on Monday night to lash out at him pointing out how successful her brother had been in Premier League, at Real Madrid and in Europe.

‘I think there are people living completely frustrated!!! And unrealistic… such humility!’ she wrote, alongside a picture of Ronaldo scoring his famous overhead-kick against for Real against Juventus.

‘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 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 a club, 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 5, Virgil. And that fellow Ronaldo and team-mates, with the corners on his chest, crushed your “orange” in a final (Nations League, 2019). 

‘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. Or as they say in our land, it grows and appears!’