Former Brazil striker Ronaldo hospitalised with pneumonia in Spain

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

Brazil World Cup victor Ronaldo is in intensive care in Ibiza suffering from pneumonia.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player remains in intensive care and but was "evolving favourably", unnamed hospital sources told the newspaper.

Staff at Can Misses Hospital said they were unable to give out any information for 'data protection reasons'.

Ronaldo is a frequent visitor to the Balearic party island of Ibiza and owns a property there. The hospital could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.

Ronaldo is believed to have arrived in Ibiza for a summer break a few days ago. Tissue swells, and it can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.

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Ronaldo, whose club career took in spells at Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians, is on holiday in Ibiza, where he owns a house.

Ronaldo went down with dengue fever in January 2012 and 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". Throughout a prosperous career, he scored 62 goals in 98 worldwide appearances for Brazil.

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

During his playing career, Ronaldo was famous for his blistering pace and phenomenal goal-scoring record.

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