By Joe Strange for MailOnline
Published: 08:54 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 08:54 GMT, 3 December 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo's sister has launched an angry tirade at Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool defender joked about the Portuguese superstar not being a genuine contender for the Ballon d'Or.
Van Dijk finished second - one place ahead of Ronaldo - at the prestigious awards ceremony in Paris on Monday night, with Lionel Messi picking up his sixth gong.
Both Van Dijk and Messi were in attendance in Paris, but the Juventus forward, who has won the Ballon d'Or five times during his career, chose to stay away and instead attended the Serie A awards in Milan.
Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro (right), has launched a tirade against Virgil van Dijk
The Liverpool defender, pictured at the Ballon d'Or ceremony, made a joke about Ronaldo
Asked about Ronaldo's absence, the Dutchman jokingly replied: 'Why? Was he a candidate?', sparking a furious response from Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro.
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