Ronaldo in hospital in Ibiza 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.

According to the Diario de Ibiza, he has now been admitted to the ICU of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic.

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

Ronaldo is a frequent visitor to the Balearic party island of Ibiza and owns a property there.

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

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

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.

Since retirement, however, he has battled thyroid problems and gained significant weight. Throughout a prosperous career, he scored 62 goals in 98 worldwide appearances for Brazil.

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.

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