Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldo in intensive care

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Ronaldo owns property on Ibiza, a Spanish Mediterranean island, and is a frequent visitor.

"Friends, I had a very strong flu in Ibiza and I had to be hospitalised on Friday but everything is in order", the legendary Brazil forward said on Twitter.

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.

The two-time World Cup champion reportedly asked for a transfer to a private health facility identified as Clinica Nuestra Señora del Rosario later that night before being taken to intensive care.

The paper also said that Ronaldo was still in intensive care but is making good progress. He is thought to have arrived on the island a few days ago before his illness started.

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

After hitting 62 goals in 98 appearances for his country, as well as being a prolific scorer for some of the top clubs in Europe, Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game.

He finished his career with 12 goals in the World Cup finals, tying with Pele for the all-time record.

Symptoms - which include a cough and difficulty breathing - can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours.

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

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