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Saturday 17 November 2018

Doctor fears Ronaldo facing epilepsy crisis

EMILE LAURAC

BRAZIL'S star forward Ronaldo, who suffered from a fit before the World Cup final, could have epilepsy, the team physician said.Ronaldo suffered between 30 and 40 seconds of convulsions just hours before Brazil lost 3-0 against France, leading many wondering whether he should have played in the game at all.

``Whenever a person suffers from stress and is epileptic, it could cause a crisis,'' team doctor Lidio Toledo told Brazil's Globo television.

But he was quick to add that the exact cause of Ronaldo's fit was not yet confirmed. The French doctors who treated Ronaldo on Sunday were quoted in O Globo newspaper as saying that they did not believe Ronaldo was suffering from epilepsy.

The decision to allow Ronaldo to play in the final drew criticism from Massimo Moratti, the owner of Ronaldo's club Inter Milan, who said team coach Mario Zagallo should have kept him on the bench during the final.

Zagallo has dismissed criticism that he allowed Ronaldo to play despite suffering convulsions. Moratti was quoted as saying: ``The Brazilian federation behaved in an absurd manner.''

``Ronaldo needs support as a human being ... He is going through an ordeal,'' Zagallo told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

Ronaldo was shown on TV walking past reporters outside his mother's house yesterday. He has repeatedly refused to speak with reporters who have pursued him since his return from France earlier this week.

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