Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldo in intensive care

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Former Brazil and Real Madrid great Ronaldo Nazario is now in hospital in Ibiza recovering from pneumonia, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Ronaldo, 41, was diagnosed with the illness after being rushed to Can Misses Hospital on the Spanish Island on Friday evening. He was then transferred to a private hospital, and remains there, though he is reportedly making progress.

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

The former Real Madrid forward, who also played for Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan, thanked his fans for their love and well wishes.

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

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

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

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.

During his glittering career Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times, in 1996, 1997, and 2002. Ronaldo scored twice in the game and was named man of the match as his side picked up the trophy for the fifth time.

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

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