How different things could have been for Brazil with a fit Ronaldo. The superstar striker was famously struck down by a seizure the night before the 1998 World Cup final, with team doctor Lidio Toledo since stating the striker had actually been rushed to a local hospital after having convulsions while sleeping. ⠀
It’s a mark of the kind of player Ronaldo was that Brazil manager Mario Zagallo decided that, even after his ordeal, it would still be in his sides best interests for him to start the final. If ever there was a player to decide a game with a moment of individual brilliance, Ronaldo was definitely that man. The reigning World Player of the Year and youngest Ballon d’or winner in history was at the very peak of his powers in the summer of 98. In truth, despite his status as the best player on the planet, hindsight says it was most likely the wrong call as the final as a visibly shaken and weary Ronaldo struggled to get any foothold in a match that was instead dominated by another giant of the game, Zinedine Zidane.