Ronaldinho’s mother, Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos, died on Saturday at the age of 71, a victim of COVID-19, reports Brazilian media. She had been hospitalized since December due to the disease. "Ronaldinho, my son, I know what it is like to lose a mother. My feelings in this difficult time," wrote the mayor of Belo Horizonte, Alexandre Kalil. The former footballer announced in December that his mother was in poor health after being infected with COVID-19. This Saturday, Brazil surpassed the mark of 245,000 deaths from the new coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases already exceeds 10.1 million, the Ministry of Health reported.