Back in Milan to play for Internazionale after six weeks on holiday, Ronaldo recalled the hours leading up to Paris final against France on 12 July. "Before the game I went to eat, then I went back to my room and was a bit tired so I slept," he said at a news conference at Inter's headquarters. "When I got up I felt pain in my body. I felt bad."
Ronaldo was rushed to hospital where doctors said he should not play. "I was very angry because I wanted to play at all costs and I asked them if I could do tests," he said.
"I did all the tests, I got to the stadium just in time and I played. I was the one who said I wanted to play. The doctors told me I couldn't but after all the tests I decided to play. I thought only of winning the World Cup."
Ronaldo performed poorly in the match, which Brazil lost 3-0, sparking speculation about why he was allowed to play.Reuse content