Cristiano Ronaldo rocked by frightening family drama
Cristiano Ronaldo's mother is in a "stable" condition and remains hospitalised, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has tweeted, following reports in Portugal that she had a stroke and surgery.
“Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital,” Ronaldo tweeted on Tuesday.
“Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time.”
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The Portuguese star flew to his home island of Madeira to be with his mother, Dolores Aveiro.
Juventus is due to host AC Milan in the second leg of the Italian Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
“I don't know if Ronaldo will return in time for the match,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said.
“It depends on how his personal problem evolves.”
Outpouring of support for Ronaldo’s mum
Ronaldo was pictured at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to watch his old club Real Madrid beat Barcelona in the latest edition of El Clasico, with Juve forced to take the weekend off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Bianconeri were scheduled to take on Inter at the Allianz Stadium, but the fixture was one of five to be postponed in the Italian top flight.
Ronaldo returned to Turin to prepare with the rest of the squad for Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg tie against AC Milan, but his participation is now in doubt.
Sporting CP, the club where Ronaldo began his career and Dolores still works as an ambassador, have released a statement to wish her a "speedy recovery" and there has been an outpouring of sympathy across social media.
Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital. Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 3, 2020
Dolores has suffered from health scares in the past, having been diagnosed with cancer on two occasions, with Ronaldo donating $200,000 to build a new cancer centre at the hospital where she was treated back in 2009.
She publicly revealed her struggles with the illness before Ronaldo's 34th birthday last year, telling reporters: “I was operated on another breast in Madrid, I've had radiotherapy and now I'm fighting for my life.”
After their latest Coppa Italia outing, Juventus are due back in Serie A action on Sunday, with a trip to Bologna on the cards.