Ronaldinho’s mother, Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos passed away in Brazil on Saturday due to complications arising from coronavirus, local media report.
The former Barcelona player’s mother was admitted to Mãe de Deus Hospital in Porto Alegre in December after contracting coronavirus. Brazil, which has suffered over 10 million positive cases of the Covid-19 virus and more than 245,000 deaths, is one of the worst affected countries during the pandemic. However, Dona Miguelina could not continue fighting and said goodbye to this world at 71 years old in the intensive care room of the Mae de Deus Hospital in Porto Alegre. Atlético Mineiro, one of several clubs closely connected to Ronaldinho, were one of the first to offer their condolences.
“The Atléticona Family is in mourning and shares with their idol the moment of pain. May God receive with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal crack. Rest in peace, Dona Miguelina “, was the meaningful message published by the official account of Atlético de Mineiro, a team that the Brazilian went through between 2012 and 2014 and with which won a Copa Libertadores.
It was then that her mother faced cancer that she was finally able to recover from. During their fight, Ronaldinho donned shirt number 49 to pay tribute to him, in that year she was born.
It was Ronaldinho who disclosed that his mother had been taken to hospital before Christmas. “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”, he posted on social media. After a couple of months fighting the virus, sadly, Ronaldinho’s mother was unable to win her battle. RIP.