The unthinkable almost happened to the best player in the world (Ronaldo) in the run-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup final.
More specifically, Brazilian striker Ronaldo Lus Nazário de Lima, better known as Ronaldo, went into convulsions. This occurred just hours before the match was scheduled to start. The incident occurred on July 12, 1998, at the team hotel in Saint-Denis, France, where the final was scheduled to be played.
“Ronaldo is dying!”
Ronaldo shared a room with the legendary Roberto Carlos at the time. The legendary striker informed his teammate and friend that he would be resting in his bed for a while.
Then, all of a sudden, he began to convulse. Obviously, this frightened Roberto Carlos, who began to run in the aisle of his hotel floor screaming “Ronaldo is dying!”.
Many others emerged from their rooms after hearing that, including the Brazilian squad’s doctors. Prior to the start of other Brazilian national team matches
Thankfully, the doctors were able to assist, but there has been some speculation that the legendary Ronaldo’s life was truly in danger. Following that, the following sequence of events occurred:
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Aftermath of the incident
Of course, having Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world at the time, as a starter in the final added to the pressure. He chose to begin with Ronaldo, but it was clear that he was not in good health. When another FIFA World Cup final arrives.
France eventually won the final 3-0 and their first FIFA World Cup title. Simultaneously, Brazilians and football fans in general speculated on what had happened to Ronaldo. There have been numerous theories as to what happened to the Brazilian legend. Some of them have included food poisoning, medication side effects, and other issues.