Lionel Messi fans vandalise Ronaldo’s statue at his hometown, Madeira
A shameful act done by Lionel Messi fans by vandalising Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo statue at his hometown Madeira on Monday. The statue was placed in 2014 Madeira’s capital city, Funchal, in the honour of his achievements in the football field.
The Argentine forward had won his fifth Ballon d’Or award on Monday night in Zurich, Switzerland, and had beaten Ronaldo with 41.33% of the votes.
The statue mainly accomplished his achievements with Manchester United and Real Madrid, especially his Ballon d’Or wins, designed by Ricardo Madeira Veloso. Ronaldo was at the time of inauguration of the statue in 2014.
His words at that time –“I feel so proud to be honoured with a statue in Madeira. It’s a huge joy to share this moment with my family and the people from Madeira. Thank you all for the warm reception.”
Messi name and the number 10 was written on the back side of the statue with red ink by Messi fans giving the message to Ronaldo and showing their personal anger on him. The vandalised photos of Ronaldo statue went viral on social media.
Whereas Ronaldo sister Katia Aveiro showed her disappointment on this shameful incident and expressed her outrage, blaming those people who are 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.
Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro is talking about Cristiano Ronaldo's statue: "It's a shameful act committed by a jealous individual."
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“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.”