- Chrisitano Ronaldo has been criticised for performance on the pitch
- The negativity has started to take its toll on him
- His sister sent him a heartwarming message of encouragement
Christiano Ronaldo has been struggling at Real Madrid, failing to score much needed goals. His sister saw that he was being criticised on social media and decided to cheer him up with a heartfelt message.
There has been speculation that this might be the last season for the 32-year-old at the Spanish club. He has two sisters, Katia and Elma.
Katia wrote the touching message on Instagram. She said: "When you were twelve years old you arrived in Lisbon full of tears and hopes you said you were just a child from Madeira.
"In less than five years you were playing in the Sporting first team and they said you were just a skilled freak. A few months later, you signed up for Manchester United.
"When you arrived in England, they said you were one for the future but in six seasons you scored 118 goals.
"When Real Madrid bought you, they said you were just a name to sell shirts, but since 2009 you have already scored 422 goals in 418 games and you have already achieved practically all the records you had to beat in the club.
"In 2008, you received the first Ballon d'Or, and they said you would only win that, but you've already won four more.
"As captain of the national team, they said you were just a captain without charisma, without a spirit of leadership and yet in 2016, you were the first Portuguese to lift the European Championship.
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"Now, because you haven't scored in two or three matches, they say that you are just another player at the end of your career, almost finished, on a descending curve. Don't worry.
"When you smile with a trophy in your hands on top of the Eiffel Tower, or when you score a decisive goal, or when you achieve another record, you will have them there watching."
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