Brazilian Ronaldo 'in intensive care' in Ibiza hospital with pneumonia

Brazilian Ronaldo 'in intensive care' in Ibiza hospital with pneumonia

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Ronaldo is reportedly in intensive care in an Ibiza hospital after coming down with pneumonia.

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

Later that night, he requested transfer to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario hospital owned by Policlinica, a private health-care company.

Hospital sources have said he is still in intensive care but making good progress.

Contacted by AFP, a hospital spokeswoman said she was unable to give any information for privacy reasons.

Following a glittering career at the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan, Ronaldo's later years have seen him suffer with thyroid problems, which in turn have caused him to have issues controlling his weight.

Ronaldo is said to own property on the Spanish Island and is believed to be visiting on holiday.

He scored 62 goals in 98 appearances for his country and played for some of the top clubs in Europe.

He was instrumental when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002, scoring both goals as they beat Germany 2-0 in the final.

Symptoms - which include a cough and difficulty breathing - can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo pictured prior to a rematch between Norway and Brazil at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway June 9, 2018, 20 years after Norway surprisingly defeated Brazil in the 1998 World Cup qualifying game in Marseille.

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

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