Former Brazil striker Ronaldo hospitalised with pneumonia in Spain



One of the best footballers of all time, Ronaldo, is in hospital after coming down with a bout of pneumonia while on holiday.

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

According to the Diario de Ibiza, he has now been admitted to the ICU of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player remains in intensive care and but was "evolving favourably", unnamed hospital sources told the newspaper. No further information is now available about his condition.

Ronaldo owns property on Ibiza, a Spanish Mediterranean island, and is a frequent visitor. He is thought to have arrived on the island a few days ago before his illness started.

His full name is Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima.

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In his later years he battled with overweight because of a thyroid problem.

Pneumonia is swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs and is usually caused by a bacterial infection.

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

It can be life-threatening, especially among the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Ronaldo scored twice in the game and was named man of the match as his side picked up the trophy for the fifth time. He won the Golden Ball at the 1998 World Cup and the Golden Boot four tears later as the Selecao triumphed.

Here's hoping that he can make a speedy recovery.

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