Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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Brazil great Ronaldo in hospital in Ibiza with pneumonia

Brazil great Ronaldo in hospital in Ibiza with pneumonia

Former Brazil and Barcelona striker Ronaldo is reportedly in intensive care after contracting pneumonia in Ibiza.

Local newspaper Diario de Ibiza said the two-time Ballon d'Or holder and 2002 World Cup Golden Boot victor is in the intensive care unit at the private Policlinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario hospital on the Spanish island, after being taken to a public hospital on the island on Friday evening.

The newspaper's sources said the ex-footballer was still in intensive care, but was making good progress.

He tweeted: "Guys, I had a bad case of influenza here in Ibiza, I was hospitalised on Friday, but everything is under control!"

Pneumonia affects the lungs and is caused by bacterial infection.

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

Symptoms - which include a cough and difficulty breathing - can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours. He is thought to have arrived on the island a few days ago before his illness started.

Ronaldo finished his career with an impressive 414 goals, 62 of which came in just 98 appearances for the Brazilian national side.

He represented his country in three World Cups, including the 2002 edition, when Brazil won its fifth tournament title.

Considered one of the best strikers of his generation, Ronaldo played for a host of top European clubs including Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Barcelona.

He finished his career with 12 goals in the World Cup finals, tying with Pele for the all-time record.

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