Brazilian Legend Ronaldo Diagnosed with Pneumonia

Published 08/12/2018, 12:57 PM EDT


Former football star, Ronaldo has reportedly contracted pneumonia. As of now, the Brazilian is in intensive care in an Ibiza hospital.

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The 41-year-old was diagnosed with the illness after being rushed to Can Misses Hospital on Friday evening.

Reports stated that he had asked for a transfer to a private hospital on the same day. According to hospital sources, Ronaldo was still in intensive care but was making good progress.

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The staff at Can Misses Hospital have been very tight-lipped on the situation for “data protection reasons.”

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Former soccer player Ronaldo

Nobody at the private hospital could be reached for comment regarding Ronaldo’s health. The Brazilian star is regarded as one of the world’s best-ever players. He owns a house in Ibiza and is a regular visitor to the island.

Back in 2012, Ronaldo contracted dengue fever in January. He then posted a picture of himself on Twitter hooked up to a drip in hospital alongside the message: “Good morning to all those who began the New Year with dengue.”

He retired from football in 2011 after a glittering career with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

In his later years he battled with weight issues because of a thyroid problem. The 41-year-old hopes to be discharged on Monday. Ronaldo scored 62 times for Brazil, including both goals when they beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.

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The striker’s career ended after two years with Brazilian club SC Corinthians. Ronaldo won two La Liga titles with Real and the Uefa Cup with Inter. He was part of the Brazil squad who won the 1994 World Cup – although he did not play – and helped them reach the 1998 final.

He picked up the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world in 1997 and 2002.

Ronaldo in his prime

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