France Defeats Brazil to Win the 1998 World Cup Final
The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was the final round of competition held for the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup, a global football tournament held every four years.
This cup was contested between Brazil, the world champions and the host, France. France won 3–0, winning the World Cup for the first time and claiming victory in their own country only two days before one of its major national holidays.
For months, the question in Brazil was: what happened to Ronaldo? Roberto Carlos, who was Ronaldo's room mate, said that he saw Ronaldo in convulsions, much like having an epileptic attack (if this were true, Ronaldo would have to stop playing football as a professional). The doctors officially said, in short, that Ronaldo suffered a nervous breakdown (and this opinion prevailed).
France was ready for its first World Cup final ever, at home in Paris, and ready to face the defending Brazilian world champions.
Brazil had as always entered the tournament as heavy favourites for the title. But it was obvious from the start that the team was less stable than the 1994 team, although with a stronger attacking force that included the veteran Bebeto, FC Barcelona’s offensive midfielder Rivaldo, and the the Inter striker Ronaldo, who at the time was the best player in the world, already having been awarded the FIFA world player of the year award in 1996 and 1997.