Cristiano Ronaldo has thrice been awarded the Ballon d’Or and has scored more goals in the UEFA Champions’ League than any other player, but there’s something missing from the trophy cabinet of the dos Santos Aveiro family. Christiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is likely to collect more silverware with Real Madrid and perhaps the Portuguese national team in 2016, but sister Katia Aveiro is looking towards Stockholm.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ZUMA/REX Shutterstock (4556077a) Katia Aveiro Katia Aveiro blog launch, Lisbon, Portugal - 18 Mar 2015 Katia Aveiro, the sister of Cristiano Ronaldo launches her blog, blogkatiaaveiro.com in Lisbon. The singer had the support of her mother , Dolores Aveiro , sister , Elma, and her ex-husband Jose.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by ZUMA/REX Shutterstock

Katia, 38, has had a stop-start pop career in Portugal over the last decade, and has developed a higher TV profile over the last couple of years, including the most recent series of Portugal’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ franchise. Now the Madeiran songstress has taken to twitter to confirm she is keen to represent Portugal in Stockholm, saying:

Eurofans, I’d love for you to support me in representing Portugal in Eurovision, it would be a dream!

‘Boom sem parar, above, is one of Katia’s most high profile releases, from 2013.

One presumes that should officially aim for success at Festival de Canção, there’d be no shortage of funding or publicity to back her bid. That said, it remains to be seen whether Portugal sticks to the tried, tested and torpid Festival de Canção formula for 2016.

Portugal remains Eurovision’s most stubbornly unsuccessful country, with no finish higher than 6th in 48 attempts. Could Katia Aveiro hold the keys to success for Portugal?

Ronaldo himself of course maintains a high profile list of off-pitch interests, including his own underwear range…

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Chief Editor: A non-schlager Europhile who's been doing this ESC writing malarkey since 2008, usually championing Eurovision's alternative or quirky offerings. My role at Xtra isn't too dissimilar from my previous life as a school teacher, but they're a well behaved class. Also responsible for dropping bum notes on a piano.

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