Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's mega-star rivalry is healthy â¦ until it's not.
Earlier this week, Messi was awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or for best player in the world after a two-year run from Ronaldo. Ronaldo finished in second place.
Back in Madeira, Portugal, Ronaldo experienced rare taunting in his hometown. A giant Ronaldo statue had the word "Messi" and No. 10 painted on the back.
— Krisdepaname (@krisdepaname) January 12, 2016
Ronaldo, being the peacekeeper he is, looks over this gesture. His sister, KÃ¡tia Aveiro does not. In a Twitter post, she lashes out at the people of Madeira, going so far as to say certain people on the island "deserve to live in Syria."
"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.
"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, nor for the marvelous gastronomy we also have nor the warm Madeiran welcome.
"It was in part thanks to this great Madeiran figure that honors his origins and from time to time emphasizes it in public.
"Most of us should thank and salute to this man, it's thanks to him that a lot of Madeirenses still have their jobs.
"My beautiful island, regrettably, is still inhabited by some frustrated savages who deserve to live in Syria,Â between people that show no respect and hold no value for life in society.
"I apologize for the ones who live the sadness of war, but I believe some people don't belong on the land they live in."
Eu estou com raiva, triste, decepcionada e sem palavras para tÃ£o pouca maturidade.Ã desrespeitoso para os turistas. pic.twitter.com/vqTyup76FV
— Katia Aveiro (@KatiaAveiro) January 12, 2016
Always nice when your sisters starts a PR storm out of nowhere.