Matias Messi mocked the Portuguese with an incendiary image on Twitter in which both players are pictured alongside the collective and individual trophies each has won since 2009
The brother of Barcelona's Lionel Messi has poked fun at Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter ahead of the final day of Ballon d'Or voting on Friday.
Matias Messi caused controversy on the social networking site as he posted a picture of the world's two finest footballers alongside images of the team and individual trophies each has claimed between 2009 and 2013.
"Hello everyone, I leave you with a little photo. I hope you like it. I love it!!!" the Argentine's sibling wrote (in Spanish) above the picture, which said (in Portuguese) "Messi's titles at Barca (2009-2013)" and "CR7's titles at Real (2009-2013)", with a selection for "individual prizes" underneath.
Hola a todos les dejo una fotito,espero les guste,a mi,me encanta!!! pic.twitter.com/LHdNZPkfOf— matias messi (@_MatiasMessi) November 14, 2013
The comparison clearly favours Messi, who has won three Liga titles, two Champions League crowns, two Club World Cups, two Copas del Rey and four Supercopas in that time, as well as four Ballons d'Or and several Golden Shoe awards. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is shown alongside his three trophies at Madrid (one Liga title, one Copa del Rey and one Spanish Supercopa) and three individual awards claimed since 2009 (but not including his Ballon d'Or, which came in 2008).
Matias Messi later posted another photo of Leo with his four Ballons d'Or after receiving numerous angry messages from Ronaldo supporters.
Votes for the 2013 Fifa prize close on Friday, with both Messi and Ronaldo in the running for the prestigious prize along with Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery.