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What happened to Ronaldo prior to the 1998 FIFA World Cup final?

Published on: 09 February 2023

In the lead-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup final, the unthinkable almost happened to the best player of that time. You can try betting Uganda now on 1xBet whenever the final of a FIFA World Cup is about to be played.

More specifically, Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, suffered a convulsive fit. This happened just hours before the match was set to begin. The incident took place on the morning of July 12, 1998, at the team hotel in Saint-Denis, France, where the final was set to be played. You can try betting now on 1xBet Uganda on all the matches of the Brazilian national team.

“Ronaldo is dying!”

The legendary Roberto Carlos was Ronaldo’s roommate at that time. The legendary striker told his teammate and friend that he was going to rest in his bed for some time. Then, suddenly, he began to convulse. Obviously, this frightened Roberto Carlos, who began to run in the aisle of his hotel floor screaming “Ronaldo is dying!”. After hearing that, many others came from their rooms, including the doctors of the Brazilian squad. Before other matches of the Brazilian national side are played, you can play slot Uganda now on 1xBet and win great rewards.

Thankfully the doctors were able to help, but there has been some speculation regarding that the life of the legendary Ronaldo had really been in danger. After that, the following sequence of events happened:

  • after this episode, the medical team had advised the manager, Mário Zagallo, to remove Ronaldo from the starting 11 for the match;
  • however, Ronaldo insisted that he was feeling fine and that he wanted to play;
  • for this reason, Zagallo relented and decided to start with Ronaldo anyway.


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Aftermath of the incident

Of course, the pressure of having Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world at the time, as a starter in the final was also something faced by Zagallo. He decided to start with Ronaldo, however, it was clear that he was not okay. When the final of another FIFA World Cup comes, visit and take advantage of its wagering chances now.

Eventually, France won the final 3-0 and won their first FIFA World Cup title. At the same time, Brazilians and football fans in general speculated what happened to Ronaldo. There have been lots of theories regarding what really happened to the Brazilian legend. Some of them have included food poisoning, side effects from medication, and more. If you want to wager on the best footballers in the world, visit the 1xBet website now.


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