Ronaldo taken to Ibiza hospital with pneumonia

Ronaldo taken to Ibiza hospital with pneumonia

The 41-year-old, widely considered one of the world's best-ever players, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Can Misses Hospital on the island on Friday afternoon where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, local daily newspaper Diario de Ibiza reported.

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".

Ronaldo was in the public hospital until midnight on Friday, when he requested a discharge and entered the private clinic in Ibiza. The hospital could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.

Ronaldo, who rose to global 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.

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Pneumonia affects the lungs and is caused by bacterial infection.

Ronaldo finished his career with an impressive 414 goals, 62 of which came in just 98 appearances for the Brazilian national side.

He was instrumental when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002, scoring both goals as they beat Germany 2-0 in the final.

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

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