Former Real Madrid player, Ronaldo rushed to hospital

Florence Fletcher
August 13, 2018

The 41-year-old is said to have been diagnosed with the illness on Friday night after being rushed to hospital.

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".

Contacted by AFP, a hospital spokeswoman said she was unable to give any information for privacy reasons. The hospital could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.

Following a glittering career at the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan, Ronaldo's later years have seen him suffer with thyroid problems, which in turn have caused him to have issues controlling his weight.

Symptoms - which include a cough and difficulty breathing - can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours.

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Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best football players.

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.

Ronaldo scored 62 times for Brazil, including both goals when they beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.

He finished his career with 12 goals in the World Cup finals, tying with Pele for the all-time record.

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