Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldo in intensive care

Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldo in intensive care

Former Brazil star Ronaldo was admitted to hospital in Ibiza last Friday with a case of pneumonia.

Ronaldo, regarded as one of the world's best-ever players, owns a house in Ibiza and is a regular visitor to the island.

Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo has been hospitalised with pneumonia on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza and is recovering well, a local newspaper reported Sunday (Aug 12).

At the time, the Brazilian managed to handle the indisposition humorously with his trademark smile via tweet from his hospital bed saying: "Good morning to all those who began the New Year with dengue".

This story will be updated when more information on Ronaldo's condition is known.

His full name is Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima.

GETTY Ronaldo

He is no stranger to illness, however.

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

After winning everything there is to win in the game he retired in 2011. Tissue swells, and it can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.

During his glittering career Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times, in 1996, 1997, and 2002.

It comes just weeks after the two-time World Cup victor was in Russian Federation to open the 2018 tournament, appearing on screen with the official ball and taking part in a passing routine with a local child.

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