The rivalry between Real Madrid’s icon, Ronaldo and Messi, Barcelona’s super star, is real and the two admittedly are not great friends.
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It’s not a great shock that Ronaldo and Messi did not vote for each other. The personal nature of Ballon d’Or voting is evident in some of this year’s voting, as both players by virtue of being captains for their respective nations, Ronaldo for Portugal and Messi for Argentina; qualified to vote in the awards. They all looked away and voted for other players, mainly from their Barca and Madrid team mates.
Before the eagle eyes of a loving father, Ronaldo jnr (C Ronaldo’s son) who is a huge Messi fan sometimes flaunts the revered number 10 jersey of the Barcelona player.
Who then will blame supporters who might want to ride on the achievements of their idols?
In Madeira, the small town in Portugal, which has been made popular by a Ronaldo fame, stands a huge statue of the Portuguese captain.
Earlier this week, just after Messi was named as the 2015 Ballon d’or winner, the Argentine captain and Barcelona player’s supporters felt they had rubbed one in to Ronaldo and his fans and wouldn’t let it end there.
Proudly bearing the bragging right, at least for now till the end of the year, some Messi sympathizers were alleged to have vandalized a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo built in his home island in Portugal.
The statue was defaced this week by loyalists of Ronaldo's soccer rival Lionel Messi — and now Ronaldo's sister thinks the perpetrators "deserve to live in Syria."
The statue was commissioned about a year ago in Ronaldo’s home island of Madeira.
Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, logged on to Twitter the following day to register her protests against the perpetrators who defaced her brother's statue.
"I find the act in itself a disgrace but what I find more shameful is the envy that surrounds him and the anger that some unloved and frustrated pig-headed people display in public in a disgraceful way which leaves me embarrassed and sad as a Portuguese person," Aveiro wrote, according to a Daily Mail translation.
She continued: "My beautiful island, regrettably, is still inhabited by some frustrated savages who deserve to live in Syria, between people that show no respect and hold no value for life in society."
It is believed some excited hoodlums might have defaced the statue and escaped without the notice of the police who are yet to make any arrests.