Cristiano Ronaldo‘s mother has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke, reports in her native Madeira claimed today.
Mother-of-four Dolores Aveiro is said to have been admitted to Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in her native island of Madeira just after 5 am this morning.
Local media say she is ‘conscious and stable.’ She is due to undergo new tests in the next few hours to determine her state of health.
One local report says she has suffered an ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain.
This is the most common type of stroke.
At the start of last year Dolores revealed she was ‘fighting for her life’ after a new cancer drama.
She recovered from breast cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 2007.
In 2009, then-Manchester United star Ronaldo donated £100,000 to build a new cancer centre at the hospital where his mother was treated.
But in February last year ahead of a trip to Italy to celebrate her son’s 35th birthday she admitted to new health problems.
She told a Portuguese TV station in a interview: ‘I was operated on another breast in Madrid, I’ve had radiotherapy and now I’m fighting for my life.’
There has been no official comment from the hospital today.
Dolores has been a devoted follower of her son’s career, frequently celebrating on the pitch with him after his footballing triumphs.
‘Ronaldo would not be where he is without his mother,’ said Francisco Afonso, Ronaldo’s first coach at the small local club CF Andorinha, in 2015.
Last year, Dolores stood firmly by her son’s side when he was accused of rape in a now-abandoned criminal investigation.
She said last February that she had ‘confidence in my son when it comes to what happened’ during the stay in Las Vegas at the centre of the claim.
The mother-of-four also lashed out at Ronaldo’s American accuser, saying she ‘didn’t go to his hotel room to play cards’.