Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho's mum Miguelina dies aged 71 after long battle with coronavirus

THE mother of Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho has passed away due to complications arising from coronavirus, local media report.

The ex-Barcelona star's mother Miguelina was admitted to Mae de Deus Hospital in Porto Alegre in December after contracting Covid-19.

Brazil is one of the worst hit countries during the pandemic with over ten million positive cases and more than 245,000 deaths.

Atletico Mineiro, who Ronaldinho played for between 2012–2014, were one of the first to offer their condolences online.

They wrote: "Club is mourning the death of Dona Miguelina.

It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Dona Miguelina, mother of @10Ronaldinho.

"The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol.

"May God welcome you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace. Rest in peace, Dona Miguelina."

Ronaldinho, 40, revealed his mum had been taken to hospital before Christmas.

He wrote: "Dear friends, my mother has covid-19 and we are fighting so that she recovers soon.

"She is in intensive care, receiving the best possible treatment. I would like to thank everyone in advance for all of the positive energy you always send. With love.

"Stay strong Mum."

Sadly, after a couple of months fighting the virus Miguelina was unable to win her battle and passed away in Brazil on Saturday, local media say.

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