Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo's statue in Funchal, capital of his home island of
Madeira, has been tagged with the name and shirt number of arch-rival
Lionel Messi, according to local press reports.
The graffiti was put on the statue overnight on Tuesday, just hours
after Barcelona's Argentine star Messi claimed a fifth world player of
the year award, beating out Real Madrid's Portuguese striker and
three-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo in the process.
The name Messi and the number 10, both scrawled in red, had already
been cleaned off the statue, the Diario de Noticias da Madeira said.
"It's a shameful act committed out of jealousy towards him," said
Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro, with pictures of the tagged statue
predictably doing the rounds on social media.
Ronaldo unveiled the 3.40-metre-high bronze effigy of himself in
December 2014 on the Funchal seafront, a few hundred metres from his own