Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, has hit out at Spanish newspaper Sport for its report that the Real Madrid star's son wasn't interested in watching his four-goal haul against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Per Sport English, she tweeted: "At least he's accompanying his dad, no? Others prefers to stay at home watching Peppa Pig. It's normal, he's seen his father score goals that leave you without words, let him breathe, he's a kid."
Aveiro linked to the story in her tweets:
Here is the original article, which focused on a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. on his mobile phone while at the Bernabeu rather than watching his father lead Los Blancos to a 7-1 victory:
Sky Sports News HQ also picked up on the images on Saturday:
Ronaldo has scored 39 goals in just 35 games this season. His stunning performance saw him bag his 350th goal for Real in 335 career outings—the fastest any player in Europe has reached that total—and surpass 250 goals in La Liga.
The 31-year-old has failed to score or assist in 14 matches this season, though, which is unusual given the superstar's lofty standards.
Indeed, with Real enduring a difficult season on and off the pitch, Ronaldo has cut an isolated and anonymous figure on plenty of occasions, while his diminishing ability to make an impact against the league's bigger teams is also a cause for some concern.
Despite his somewhat inconsistent form—again, by his own standards at least—in the wake of Los Blancos' recent 1-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid, their rivals' third successive league win at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo hit out at his team-mates for not performing on a par with him, per football journalist Dermot Corrigan:
Speculation over his future has surrounded him throughout the campaign with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain heavily linked with a summer move for him, per Joe Short of the Express. Prior to bagging his four goals against Celta he was whistled and jeered by some sections of the Bernabeu faithful.
Nevertheless, manager Zinedine Zidane wants his star player to remain at the club. Per Matthew Treadwell of Sky Sports, he said:
"I am the coach and I want Cristiano. They whistled me and everyone else. It is not questioning the player, it is a fan base that always wants more from their players and that is good for the players to improve and always do well."
The Frenchman's comments aren't likely to put an end to the persistent rumours linking Ronaldo with an exit from the Spanish capital in the summer, particularly if his turbulent campaign continues.