It is a bitter blow for former world footballer Ronaldinho: last Saturday, his mum Dona Miguelina succumbed to the Covid-19 disease. The 41-year-old is devastated.
Ronaldinho also sick with Covid-19
After Ronaldinho himself tested positive for Covid-19 without symptoms last October, his 71-year-old mother was hospitalised with Covid-19 just before Christmas. The former football star then wrote on Twitter:
Dear friends, my mother has Covid and we are fighting for her quick recovery. She is in the intensive care unit and is receiving all the necessary treatments. Thank you in advance for your prayers, positive energy and affection. Stay strong, mum.
Dona Miguelina had then been fighting the virus for almost two months. A fight that she unfortunately could not win. On Saturday the 20th of February, she succumbed to the disease. As Ronaldinho's former club Atlético Mineiro confirmed:
It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro has received the news of the death of Dona Miguelina, the mother of Ronaldinho Gaucho. The Atleticana family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God welcome with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal star.
He does not go to her funeral
FC Barcelona also expresses its condolences to its former star, as do his former teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi:
Ronnie, I have no words. I can't believe it. Sending you lots of strength and a hug for you and all your family. I am so sorry, rest in peace.
For Ronaldinho himself, the loss of his beloved mother is so great that he cannot come with his siblings to the funeral the following Sunday.