Lionel Messi won a fifth Ballon d’or on Monday. Image: IB Times
The name Messi and the number 10, both scrawled in red, have already been cleaned off the statue, which is famed for being generous to the former Manchester United star around the crotch, the Diario de Noticias da Madeira said.
Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro took to Facebook call out the vandals in an extremely furious rant. “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.”
Ronaldo and faimily at the unveiling of the statue in 2014. Image: Mirror
“Sadly my beautiful island is still inhabited by some frustrated savages who should live in Syria amidst people who don’t respect each other and who don’t know how to live together.”
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 self-financed museum, and it immediately drew attention because it was so well endowed.
The enormously endowed Ronaldo statue. Image: Mirror
One Twitter user commented “Maybe it’s there for the ladies who can’t get the real thing – something to rub for good luck.”