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Barcelona legend Ronaldinho loses mother to COVID-19

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The former Brazilian footballer’s mother passed away after a long battle with coronavirus.

Ronaldinho Gaucho’s mother, Dona Miguelina, has sadly passed away aged 71 after suffering from COVID-19 in Brazil.

The 71-year-old was submitted into intensive care in hospital in December after testing positive for coronavirus. Ronaldinho’s former club Atletico Mineiro confirmed her death on Saturday with a message of condolence.

“It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Doña Miguelina, mother of Ronaldinho Gaúcho,” read the club statement.

“The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God receive you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace.”

Ronaldinho has made no public statement as of now after previously confirming his mother’s condition in late December on social media.

“Dear friends, my mother has COVID and we are in the fight for her to recover soon,” Ronaldinho posted on Twitter on December 21.

“She is in the intensive care center, receiving all the care. I thank you in advance for your prayers, positive energies, and affection. Mother strength.”

The 40-year-old had a close relationship with his mother, who always accompanied him throughout his career. He even dedicated his Ballon d’Or award in 2005 to her.

The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star’s father, João de Assis Moreira, died when he was just eight years old after drowning in a swimming pool.

Tributes and messages of condolence have been pouring in on social media for Ronaldinho during this difficult time.