Former Brazil striker Ronaldo is in intensive care with pneumonia in Ibiza, 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 hung up his boots up after two years with Corinthians.
After scoring 62 goals in 98 appearances for his country and bagging a glut for some of the top clubs in Europe, Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best players to have played the game.
Press Association Sport has attempted to reach the hospital for comment.
The Belgium goalkeeper left Chelsea earlier this week in a £38million move for Real Madrid, with the Premier League club going on to break the world record in bringing in his replacement Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Courtois went AWOL in the days leading up to his departure, as he did not turn up for training, but with his family residing in Madrid, his agent Christophe Henrotay insists there were honest reasons for forcing his sale.
“There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child,” Henrotay told BBC 5 live Sportsweek programme.
“If the family were in London it would have been totally different. He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies.
“Unfortunately his kids are living with the mother in Madrid.
“He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had an interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did.
“It is personal reasons so we have to respect this. Chelsea understood the situation and really helped to get the deal.
“They did a really quick and easy deal together, understanding the humanity of the situation. It is not doing something against their fans it is about getting the best of a situation that is not ideal.”
The 26-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 following a three-year loan at Atletico Madrid, where his family set up life in the Spanish capital.
And Henrotay says reuniting the Courtois family made getting the deal done even sweeter.
“It’s a move he wanted because of his family and he had the opportunity to go back to Madrid – a city he loves and to such a big club in Real Madrid,” he added.
“When we arrived in Madrid to make the signing, I had his parents, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child, everyone is there and I said to him that I am delighted to make a great deal for him in going to Real Madrid but also it’s a family coming together.
“I could see tears in their eyes and it delighted me to be able to do something not only for a player, for a client, but for a family, which is great.
“I fully understand the fans of Chelsea and no one has reason to blame that feeling.
“Thibaut is such a great goalkeeper and he did his best at Chelsea to bring titles and trophies so it is not a great feeling to lose such a player.”
Derby manager Frank Lampard admitted his side had been handed some hard lessons after they were beaten 4-1 at Pride Park by Leeds.
Lampard saw Leeds pull his team apart with pace and movement as his first home game in charge ended in a chastening defeat.
The quality of Leeds movement forward caused Derby problems from the start and it was no surprise when Mateusz Klich fired a low shot past Scott Carson in the fifth minute.
Tom Lawrence equalised with a 12th minute free kick that Bailey Peacock-Farrell should have saved but Leeds responded by retaking the lead through Kemar Roofe’s header from Ezgjan Alioski’s cross in the 21st minute.
Derby had a bright start to the second half with Mason Mount dragging a shot wide but Klich set up Roofe to beat Carson with a rising drive on the hour before Alioski headed in Pablo Hernandez’s cross four minutes later.
Lampard made no excuses and said: “It was tough, we were well beaten by the better team on the day. We went into the game under no illusions and knew it would be difficult for us.
“There were no surprises but we didn’t deal with them. They are a good team, had more energy with the ball and without it so lots of lessons for us really.
“We can’t get too down because we are two games in and there’s a long, long way to go but lots of lessons we must improve on. The most disappointing thing for me is we went away from what we are.
“Leeds have come to our place and looked more confident than us. it comes down to the basics of football, if you don’t move the ball quickly enough and you’re not brave enough and your quality is not quite good enough then it’s hard to get out and we weren’t good enough today.
“That’s not to say we’re not good enough, we certainly are but we need to be braver and can’t play longer balls when we should be trying to get out because that’s an easy option. I’d rather people take a chance and try and play out in a positive manner than not so great lessons for us today.”
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, speaking though an interpreter, said: “It was more clear during the second half but in the first half we suffered some actions that could have allowed our rivals to score goals.
“In the first half, we were a little bit unstable, we had moments of instability so we can point out this aspect as one to correct.
“Derby County has good players and a head coach that will allow the team to play an important role during the Championship. But what happened in the games so far does not mark a definite trend, it’s too early to make conclusions.
“In each game we will have to prove again so this is a competition where you have to show regularity. So it is very important to bear this in mind.
“I always think about the continuity and regularity of the performance, this is the most important thing because during a competition you have ups but you also have downs.
“But the performance of the team was better today than last Sunday, the performance of some players lasted longer.”