Ronaldo in intensive care in hospital


Ronaldo shares a joke with former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane Credit Reuters

Brazilian World Cup victor and legendary striker Ronaldo has been admitted to an intensive care unit with pneumonia while on vacation in Ibiza, according to local reports.

According to reports in local newspaper Diario de Ibiza, the 2002 World Cup victor was taken to Can Misses Hospital on Friday evening with chest pains where he was seen by doctors.

The paper also said that Ronaldo was still in intensive care but is making good progress.

Ronaldo, regarded as one of the world's best-ever players, owns a house in Ibiza and is a regular visitor to the party island, which has always been hugely popular with Brits. No further information is now available about his condition.

Ronaldo, who rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s, and played for various clubs, including Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan, is widely considered to be one of the best football players of all time.

He is believed to have arrived in Ibiza for a summer break a few days ago.

He is no stranger to illness, however.

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

Since retirement, however, he has battled thyroid problems and gained significant weight.

It can be life-threatening, especially among the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

The crowning achievement of his career was his display in the World Cup final in 2002. 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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