Without the Brazilian football hero present, Ronaldinho’s mum’s funeral took place.

The former star of Barcelona and AC Milan was said to be too sorrowful to attend Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos’ wake and Sunday burial.

His older brother Roberto and sister Deisi were present to pay their last respects to their 71-year-old mother, who died in her long battle against coronavirus on Saturday after suffering complications.

In their native city of Porto Alegre, a spokesperson for the Jardim da Paz Cemetery told local media the 40-year-old former footballer was too ‘upset’ to accompany them.

Ronaldinho, who confirmed that his beloved mom was struggling for her life in Porto Alegre’s Mae de Deus Hospital after falling ill with coronavirus in December, has yet to comment on the death of Miguelina.

But like other members of his family, is a direct indication of the emotional distress, he was enduring, he changed his social media profile images to black.

A relative shared many family photos with messages of support from well-wishers on his Instagram profile.

Miguelina was in the hospital on December 21, Ronaldinho revealed, telling his Twitter followers, ‘Dear friends. My mum’s got Covid, and we’re struggling to get her alive.

Following the death of his mother from COVID-19, former Milan star Ronaldinho thanked everyone for their ‘affection and encouragement.’

Dona Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos died of coronavirus-related complications at the age of 71 over the weekend.

“My family and I thank all of you for the affection and support we have received in this very difficult time. My mother was an inspiration of strength and joy to all who knew her and will continue to shine her light on our lives forever. With the strength, she taught us, we will continue our journey. Thank you,” wrote Ronaldinho on Instagram


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