Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says he is hospitalised with flu

Ronaldo is suffering from pneumonia

Ronaldo is suffering from pneumonia

The hospital could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.

There had been concerns for the health of the 41-year-old, who retired in 2011, after reports in Spain that he had been diagnosed with pneumonia and was in intensive care at the island's Can Misses hospital.

The former footballer, Ronaldo Nazário de Lima, was admitted into the Hospital de Can Misses in Ibiza last Friday.

The newspaper's sources said the ex-footballer was still in intensive care, but was making good progress.

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

Ronaldo owns property on Ibiza, a Spanish Mediterranean island, and is a frequent visitor. Tissue swells, and it can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.

Ronaldo is believed to have arrived in Ibiza for a summer holiday a few days ago before he fell sick.

In his later years he battled with overweight because of a thyroid problem. It can be potentially life-threatening if severe and is particularly unsafe for the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions.

The big question at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan centered on Ronaldo. Ronaldo scored twice in the game and was named man of the match as his side picked up the trophy for the fifth time.

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

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