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1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup
Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup

Brazil is very favored to win the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Ronaldo who became an important player at this time suffered a mysterious injury and Brazil finally failed to win.

The 1998 World Cup was held in France. The hosts advanced to the final and the opponent they faced was Brazil. The final was played at the Stade de France. It was an ideal final because of the performance of both teams.

The two teams that will compete in the final round have two players who at that time became world stars. The genius footballer Zinedine Zidane in France and the world’s best player Ronaldi in Brazil.

Ronaldo even came to France armed with 34 goals with Serie A club, Inter Milan. In this 1998 World Cup he also scored four goals until the final including a goal against the Netherlands in the semifinal match.

The superstar revealed what happened before the 1998 World Cup final. This he revealed in the film Ronaldo Redemption, directed by Four Four Two.

Ronaldo has convulsions

Ronaldo said after having lunch with the whole team at the hotel he decided to take a nap. While in the room, Ronaldo had a seizure and foamed at the mouth.

Roberto Carlos, who was his roommate, saw this and shouted for help. The Brazilian team doctor at that time, Dr. Lidio Toledo, who was crying took Ronaldo to the hospital.

“I had a seizure and the players and the late Dr Lidio Toledo were there. They didn’t want to tell me what was going on,” Ronaldo said.

Keep playing in the Finals

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Ronaldo, Brazil

Brazil coach at the time, Mario Zagallo, had received Ronaldo’s medical test results. Many think that Ronaldo will not play in the final match.

Ronaldo was not seen in the Brazilian camp and his name disappeared ahead of the final match. But Ronaldo asked Zagallo to play him.

“After all, I have an obligation to my country and I don’t want to miss it. I am there to fulfill my responsibility,” Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo Unsteady, Brazil Falls


In this final match, Ronaldo seemed unable to move. In fact, he had collapsed when French goalkeeper Rafael Bartez lunged at him.

Brazil eventually lost 0-3 to the hosts. Three of France’s goals were scored by Zidane’s two goals and one from Emmanuel Petit.

But after that, a number of conspiracy theories emerged regarding what happened to Ronaldo. This conspiracy theory is still developing today.

FIFA conspiracy?

The biggest conspiracy theory is that Brazil sold the World Cup to FIFA for a fee of 23 million dollars. This is based on an e-mail written from a source on TV Globo.

Defeat Brazil and let France win to please the new FIFA President Sepp Blatter. In addition to helping the French people forget their social problems.

FIFA then promised Brazil that they would win the 2002 World Cup and host the 2006 World Cup. However, a number of these conspiracy theories have not been proven to date.

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6 Controversial World Cup Incidents, Including Diego Maradona and…

6 Controversial World Cup Incidents, Including Diego Maradona and Luis Suarez

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

Throughout the history of the World Cup , there have been a number of events that have caught the eye. It’s not just the moment of victory that needs attention, the drama and controversy are no less interesting.

A number of controversial events that can occur on and off the field. It could even happen again at the 2022 World Cup which will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 this year.

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Diego Maradona (Argentina) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay) are two names that have sparked controversy at the World Cup. In fact, both of them did it in two different editions of the World Cup.

Maradona did so in the 1986 and 1994 editions, known as the Hand of God incident and was subsequently kicked out of the World Cup for drugs. Then Luis Suarez’s bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup went viral around the world.

Not only these two superstars who did controversial things during the World Cup. Here are 6 controversial World Cup incidents that are remembered today.

Maradona’s Hand of God Goal (1986)

Argentine legend Diego Maradona
Argentine legend Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona has acted controversially at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in the quarter-finals against England. Even now, the goal is still a debate and makes British people heartbroken when they remember it.

The Argentinian scored with his hands and knocked England out of the World Cup. The referee and his assistant still approved the goal despite the England players protesting on the pitch.

In this match, Maradona also scored the second goal in a fantastic way because he was able to get past five to six English players alone. Argentina finally came out as champions in this edition after beating West Germany in the final match.

Luis Suarez Becomes a “Goalkeeper” and Bites Players (2010, 2014)

Uruguay National Team striker Luis Suarez
Uruguay National Team striker Luis Suarez

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has buried Ghana’s dream of becoming the first African nation to reach the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Suarez deliberately used his hands so that Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah’s header was not scored in the last minute of extra time.

The referee then pointed to the penalty spot. But unfortunately Asamoah Gyan failed to score from the penalty spot and even Ghana had to lose to Uruguay in the high-fives round.

Four years later or at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez made another controversial move. He deliberately bit the shoulder of Italian player Giorgio Chiellini which made the incident go viral all over the world.

FIFA Kick Diego Maradona (1994)

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona sparked controversy again at the 1994 World Cup which took place in the United States. His actions this time did not make Argentina a champion, in fact he had to be kicked out of the tournament.

FIFA kicked him out because he was proven to have taken the banned drug ephedrine. He was also suspended for 15 months in the Italian league in the same case when he played for Napoli in 1991.

The shocking incident made Argentina shaken and only lasted until the round of 16. This is Argentina’s worst achievement because in the previous two editions they were champions and runners-up.

Zinedine Zidane Headbutts Marco Materazzi (2006)

Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final
Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final

The 2006 World Cup in Germany should have been a sweet moment for Zinedine Zidane to end his international career. After the final match against Italy in this edition of the World Cup, Zidane decided to hang up his boots for the French national team.

But unfortunately in the final match, the player with a record of 108 appearances and 31 goals for France, acted up. He headed Marco Materazzi’s chest in the 110th minute of extra time when the score was 1-1.

France finally lost to Italy on penalties. The media not only highlighted Italy’s fourth World Cup title but also criticized Zidane’s actions.

The War in Santiago (1962)

The 1962 World Cup Group 2 preliminary match between hosts Chile and Italy was hot. Heat tensions even occurred before the match, when two state media also enlivened the atmosphere.

In the 12th minute, the Italian player Giorgio Ferrini got a red card. The Chile player who was fouled by Ferrini, Honorino Landa, did not get a red card despite responding by punching Ferrini in the face.

Mario David became the second Italian player to receive a red card for his shot at Leonel Sanchez. A group of police even had to enter the field three times to relieve tension in the match which Chile finally won with a score of 2-0.

Andres Escobar’s Own Goal (1994)

Andres Escobars Own Goal 1994
Andres Escobar’s Own Goal (1994)

The biggest tragedy in the history of the World Cup occurred after the 1994 edition of the tournament in the United States. Even the life of the Colombian player, Andres Escobar, had to be lost because of a murder case.

The tragic incident began with Andres Escobar’s own goal against the hosts of the United States. Not only losing 1-2, Colombia, which became a dark horse for successfully becoming the top of the standings during qualifying, had to be eliminated quickly in this event.

The news that shocked the world then came when Andres Escobar was declared dead five days after the Colombian national team’s return from the United States. Police named a drug cartel who shot Escobar dead because he lost a soccer bet.

Source: Sportkeeda, Daily Mail