Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister launched an angry rant at Virgil van Dijk after he jokingly questioned whether her brother was one of his rivals to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

At the awards ceremony in Paris on Monday, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was crowned the winner – beating Liverpool’s Van Dijk to claim the coveted prize for the sixth time in his career,

Van Dijk poses with his girlfriend at the Ballon d’Or awards

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Van Dijk poses with his girlfriend at the Ballon d’Or awards

On the red carpet, Van Dijk made a light-hearted joke at the expense of Ronaldo when asked what he made of the former Real Madrid star’s absence from the event.

When asked what it would be like having one of his rivals not show up, the 28-year-old responded: “Was he a rival then?”

This did not go down well with everyone, least of all Ronaldo’s sister Katia, who slammed the Liverpool defender in a lenghty rant on Instagram.

Alongside a picture of Ronaldo scoring his stunning overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League two seasons ago, she wrote: “I think there are people living completely frustrated !!! And unrealistic… such humility!

“It is well known that Ronaldo will not win tonight’s prize. Although I have won important collective titles … but this is another conversation and that up ahead we will see where the truth about football will come!!!

“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.

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Acho que há pessoas a viver completamente frustradas!!! E fora da realidade… A tal humildade! Repórter: “Cristiano Ronaldo não estará cá esta noite. É menos um rival a ter em conta.” Van Dijk: ” É Cristiano Ronaldo realmente um rival?” Foi esta a resposta do central holandês do Liverpool, quando confrontado sobre a ausência do astro português da gala desta noite. É certo e sabido que Ronaldo não ganhará o prémio desta noite. Apesar de ter vencido importantes títulos colectivos…mas isso é outra conversa e que lá na frente iremos ver onde vai chegar a verdade sobre o futebol !!! Agora, caro Virgil, para onde tu vais, Cristiano Ronaldo já foi e já veio mil vezes . Vê lá bem, meu caro Virgil, que o Cristiano Ronaldo foi tri-campeão no país onde tu já jogas há anos e ainda não conseguiste meter a mão na “lata”. O Cristiano Ronaldo até foi o melhor jogador e melhor marcador no país onde jogas Virgil. Por sinal, era até bem mais jovem que tu. Depois, caro Virgil, o Cristiano Ronaldo foi para outras paragens e tornou-se no maior jogador da história de um clubezito. Real Madrid, diz-te algo Virgil? É possível que sim, porque esse clube, com esse tal Cristiano até te derrotaram na final de uma tal de Champions League. Dessas, já o Ronaldo tem 5, Virgil. E esse tal Ronaldo e companheiros, com as quinas ao peito, esmagaram a tua “laranja” numa final. Foi duro, Virgil? Temos pena. E, caro Virgil, numa das épocas menos conseguidas da sua carreira, o Cristiano Ronaldo ainda venceu mais títulos que tu. Impressionante, não é? Agora, Virgil, vai vencer títulos daqueles que realmente contam e depois falamos. Quando tiveres uma mão cheia deles, dos realmente importantes, talvez te possas sentar à mesa com o Cristiano. Ou como se diz na nossa terra, cresce e aparece! E para mim @cristiano és e serás para sempre o melhor jogador do mundo!!! E quem não gosta que ponha na roda do prato !!!😂❤️❤️❤️( como se diz na nossa terra ,pequenina para muitos ) mas de onde saiu o melhor de todos os tempos…#assinoembaixoluisfaria #cr7n1 #Eotrabalhocontinua #respostastánahistoriaenomuseu #orgulhodomeurei #Deusnocomando

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“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 [awards], 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. Or as they say in our land, it grows and appears! It’s for me Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world !!!

“And who does not like to put it on the wheel of the plate !!! (as they say in our land, small for many) but where came the best ever.”

Another to take the remark out of context was Good Morning Britain host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, who wrote on Twitter alongside a quote on Ronaldo from Van Dijk:  “No.. @Cristiano is a far greater player, you’re not in his league.”

That prompted a response from Van Dijk, with the Dutchman insisting he meant no disrespect towards Ronaldo and urging people to listen to the whole interview.

He wrote: “Hi Piers, If you don’t jump on the social media bandwagon and would listen to the whole interview then you would know I made a joke, and only got respect for those 2.”

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