MADRID: Ronaldo Nazario, Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning top scorer, was admitted to intensive care in hospital in Ibiza suffering from pneumonia, according to Spanish reports.
The 41-year-old, who retired in 2011, was taken to the island’s Can Misses hospital on Friday evening and diagnosed with pneumonia, according to newspaper Diario De Ibiza.
He requested to be transferred to private hospital Clinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario later that evening, the newspaper said, and remains in intensive care. The newspaper reports he is making positive progress.
Ronaldo, whose club career took in spells at Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians, is on holiday in Ibiza, where he owns a house.
The striker’s career ended seven years ago when he retired with weight problems after two years with Corinthians. He scored 62 goals in 98 appearances for his country.