Cristiano Ronaldo flies home to Madeira after his mother was rushed to hospital

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been seen arriving back to his home island of Madeira after his mother was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.

The footballer was reportedly driven straight to Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in the capital Funchal after his private jet touched down from Italy just after 4pm on Tuesday.

He had taken the trip with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his eldest son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, known as Cristianinho.

According to local reports, Cristiano walked into the hospital via a back entrance to avoid reporters and fans who had gathered outside the main entrance.

His mother, Dolores Aveiro, 65, is said to have been admitted to hospital just after 5am on Tuesday morning. Local media say she is ‘conscious and stable’.

One local report says his mother has suffered an ischemic stroke, which is an obstruction of the artery, preventing the passage of oxygen to brain cells, which is the most common type of stroke.

It is unclear if Cristiano will play for Juventus in the Italian cup on Wednesday night.

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