Ronaldinho has revealed how his beloved mother is fighting for her life after falling ill with coronavirus.
The Brazil legend asked for fans to pray for Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos after she was admitted to intensive care in hospital.
The 71-year-old is being treated at Mae de Deus Hospital in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.
Writing on Twitter, Ronaldinho – who tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of October – said on Twitter: “Dear friends. My mum has Covid and we’re fighting for her to recover.
“She is in intensive care and is receiving all the care she needs.
“I’m thankful for your prayers, your positive energy and the affection you’ve always shown. Stay strong, mum.”
Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested on March 6 after entering Paraguay to launch an online casino and a book with doctored passports falsely showing they were naturalised Paraguayan citizens.