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Cristiano Ronaldo is flying home to Madeira to be with his mother in hospital after she suffered a stroke, reports in Portugal claimed.

Mother-of-four Dolores Aveiro is said to have been admitted to Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Madeira just after 5am 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.

Reports say that the Juventus star is flying to the Portuguese island on a private jet today and will return to Italy on Thursday to play in a cup semi-final against Milan. 

‘All we can say is that he’s not at training for personal reasons,’ a Juventus spokesman said without giving further details. 


One local report says Dolores 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. 

Reports say Dolores is resting after receiving mechanical thrombectomy, a technique, which involves the removal of a blood clot from the artery through a catheter.

Her family are said to have asked the regional health service to respect her privacy while she remains in intensive care at the hospital. 

There has been no comment by any of her four children, but well-wishers have offered the 65-year-old their support on social media.


One said: ‘Get well soon Dolores. Portugal is with you.’ another added: ‘Stay strong Dolores. Everything will be okay. We will be praying for you.’

New tests to evaluate her conditions and any side effects from the stroke she has reportedly suffered are not expected to take place until late this afternoon.

One local TV report described the next 12 hours as ‘decisive’ and described Dolores’ stroke as ‘severe’. 

Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo started his senior career before he signed for Manchester United, wished Dolores a speedy recovery today.

Ronaldo’s mother is an ambassador for the club’s foundation.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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