Ronaldo taken to Ibiza hospital with pneumonia

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Former Brazil and Real Madrid great Ronaldo Nazario is now in hospital in Ibiza recovering from pneumonia, local media said on Sunday.

The 41-year-old is said to have been diagnosed with the illness after being rushed to Can Misses Hospital on the island on Friday evening.

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

Ronaldo owns property on Ibiza, a Spanish Mediterranean island, and is a frequent visitor. No further information is now available about his condition.

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

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

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After winning everything there is to win in the game he retired in 2011.

Pneumonia is swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs and is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It can be potentially life-threatening if severe and is particularly unsafe for the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions.

He picked up the Ballon d'Or award for the best player in the world in 1997 and 2002.

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