Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister has laid into vandals that defaced a statue of the Real Madrid megastar in his hometown of Funchal, Madeira, by paining Lionel Messi’s name and number 10 on the back of it, The Sun reports.
The statue was erected in 2014 to pay homage to the 30-year-old’s achievements in the game, but it was defaced overnight after Messi collected his fifth Ballon d’Or award.
And the player’s sister, Katia Aveiro, took to Facebook to slam the vandalism once officials were informed of the damage, and claimed that she was “ashamed” of the people responsible.
“I find the act in itself a dishonour but what I find more shameful is the envy that surrounds him and the rage that some unloved and frustrated fatheads display in public in a disgraceful way which leaves me as a Portuguese person ashamed and sad,” she said.
“The people that are responsible for this and other negative things directed towards this person should know that our island was recently voted the world’s leading island destination not just for the beautiful sea that surrounds us or for our marvellous gastronomy or even the warm Madeiran welcome.
“It was in part thanks to this great Madeiran figure that honours his origins.
“Sadly my beautiful island is still inhabited by some frustrated savages who should live in Syria amidst people who don’t respect each other and who don’t know how to live together.
“Please forgive me those who are suffering because of war but I think people are badly distributed.
“There are still envious people on this planet who can’t accept the success of others — mediocre people who don’t do our world any good.”