Ronaldo in hospital with pneumonia

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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.

Ronaldo, regarded as one of the world's best-ever players, owns a house in Ibiza and is a regular visitor to the party island, which has always been hugely popular with Brits.

"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.

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A few hours later, according to 'Diario de Ibiza', Ronaldo asked to be released from the public hospital so he could be admitted to the private clinic, Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

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".

He represented his country in three World Cups, including the 2002 edition, when Brazil won its fifth tournament title.

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

Ronaldo, whose full name is Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, rose to fame for his exploits as a striker for many of Europe's top clubs, as well as the Brazilian national team.

Pneumonia affects the lungs and is caused by bacterial infection.

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It can be life-threatening, especially among the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

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