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Football Former Brazil striker Ronaldo 'hospitalised with pneumonia in Spain'

Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo has been hospitalised with pneumonia on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza and is recovering well, a local newspaper reported Sunday.

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Former Brazil striker Ronaldo pictured prior to a rematch between Norway and Brazil at Ullevaal Staium in Oslo, Norway June 9, 2018, 20 years after Norway suprisingly defeated Brazil in the 1998 World Cup qualifying game in Marseille play

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo pictured prior to a rematch between Norway and Brazil at Ullevaal Staium in Oslo, Norway June 9, 2018, 20 years after Norway suprisingly defeated Brazil in the 1998 World Cup qualifying game in Marseille

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Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo has been hospitalised with pneumonia on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza and is recovering well, a local newspaper reported Sunday.

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.

Several hours later Ronaldo asked to be transferred to a private hospital called Clinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario, the newspaper added.

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

Contacted by AFP, a hospital spokeswoman said she was unable to give any information for privacy reasons.

Ronaldo, who was named FIFA's world player of the year three times prior to his retirement from football in 2011, is a regular visitor to Ibiza, where he owns a house.

He won his first cap for Brazil as a 17-year-old and went on to score 62 goals in 97 international appearances, including both goals when Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final.

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