The sister of Cristiano Ronaldo, Katia Aveiro, has attacked Portugal fans for criticizing Cristiano Ronaldo. Katia used strong words to convey her abhorrence of the criticisms by the “soulless” Portugal fans.
Katia Aveiro, 44, has come to the rescue of his younger brother and top football star Cristiano Ronaldo as the criticism by Portugal fans against the 37-year-old intensify.
Katia Aveiro, a celebrity singer and music artist, scolded Portugal fans for asking Cristiano Ronaldo to be dropped from the Portuguese national team ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo was not at his best for Portugal in the just-concluded 2023 UEFA Nations League group stages.
Portugal opened the first match with a convincing 4-0 win over Czech Republic, with two Manchester United players contributing to three of the goals.
Diego Dalot of United bagged a brace, with United’s Bruno Fernandes adding another, but the five-times Ballon d’Or winner failed to register his name on the score sheet and was heavily criticized by the fans when he conceded a penalty to Czech Republic trying to protect his injured nose.
The intensity of criticisms hurled at the Ronaldo increased when Portugal suffered a shock defeat at home to Spain in the final group game.
Portugal needed just a draw at home to top the group and head into the finals of a competition they won in its maiden edition two years ago.
When it appeared they were going to make it through against a domineering Spanish side, they finally fell in the 88th minute after Morata scored to give Spain the needed win to top the group and head into the finals.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo may be heading into what could be his final World Cup tournament, but he had said he will certainly join the team in Euros 2024.
Ronaldo made this known after being awarded Portugal’s all-time top scorer with 117 goals. His poor form this season started when Erik Ten Hag took over as Manchester United manager.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed preseason friendlies and training with the squad, making it hard for him to adapt on return to Carrington after Manchester United had played most of the friendlies.
Ronaldo has struggled to make it to Erik Ten Hag’s starting lineup since returning to the team. He is yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League.
He started Machester United’s two Europa League games, scoring one goal by converting a spot kick to double Manchester United’s win over Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.
Against the backdrop of criticisms by Portugal fans, Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro has slammed Portugal fans for a gratuitous criticism of his younger brother.
Katia described Portuguese fans as ‘soulless and ‘forever ungrateful’ for what Ronaldo has done for the team in the past years.
She added that despite the betrayal by the Portugal fans when Ronaldo needed them most, the five-times balloon d’Or winner has his family to rely on. Taking to her Instagram story, Katia Aveira wrote;
“The Portuguese spit on the plate they eat, it has always been that way.
“It is necessary to give a hand to those who have always given theirs to Portugal. But the Portuguese [fans] can be sick, petty, soulless, stupid … and forever ungrateful.”
Nevertheless, Katia admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo is currently struggling, but the Portuguese fans are not showing solidarity with their greatest star
‘It is necessary to give a hand to those who have always given theirs to Portugal. But the Portuguese are sick, petty, soulless, stupid, ungrateful and forever ungrateful. This guy who’s sitting, he’s on his knees… There’s no one to give him a hand,’ she continued.
‘It is cruel. And it was already so much, but so much that he gave and gives. The one sitting is called Cristiano Ronaldo and he is just the best player in the world.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United this weekend as the Premier League returns after that disappointing spell during the international break.
Manchester United takes on Manchester City in what will be a hotly contested City Derby this weekend. Ronaldo may not start the match as his poor form continues.