Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says he is hospitalised with flu

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says he is hospitalised with flu

Brazil great Ronaldo is in intensive care in a hospital on the island of Ibiza.

The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan player then asked to be transferred to a private hospital later on Friday evening to continue to receive treatment, according to Ibizan daily newspaper Diario de Ibiza.

The 41-year-old Brazilian was rushed to Can Misses Hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with the illness.

It quoted hospital sources as saying he was still in intensive care but he was making good progress.

Here's hoping he pulls through.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star was spending a few days on holiday on the island of Ibiza when he went to the hospital at around 18:30 in the afternoon because he was suffering from chest pains.

Throughout a prosperous career, he scored 62 goals in 98 worldwide appearances for Brazil.

Ronaldo was spending his summer vacation in Ibiza and owns a house in the area.

He was instrumental when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002, scoring both goals as they beat Germany 2-0 in the final. Tissue swells, and it can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.

It comes just weeks after the two-time World Cup victor was in Russian Federation to open the 2018 tournament, appearing on screen with the official ball and taking part in a passing routine with a local child.