Ronaldo - one of the greatest strikers of all time in general and in Brazil in particular - and the one who won the 2002 World Cup with the Selção said in an interview yesterday (Tuesday) that in his opinion Neymar and other Brazilian players should receive psychological help to deal with the "disproportionate pressure" from the World Cup, this after Neymar admitted after the loss in the quarter Croatia ended in penalties because he is "psychologically finished".
"I would recommend that he have psychological support to withstand this pressure, which is very disproportionate for humans," said Ronaldo, "Neymar will return with the same passion, with the same desire. But I think that this need to take care of the mental health of our players should be strengthened. .. It is very important to address this issue, especially when it concerns the World Cup, where the whole world looks at the national team. The world looked at Neymar and examined everything he did."
Looking to win his first major trophy with Brazil, 30-year-old Neymar recovered from an ankle injury after the first leg against Serbia to play in the knockout round of the tournament.
He equaled Pele's record as Brazil's all-time prolific goalscorer with 77 goals after finding the net in added time of the first extra-time against Croatia before Bruno Petkovic equalized to take the game to penalties, in which Brazil were eliminated earlier than expected.
"When I saw Neymar's interview, he said he was psychologically destroyed, it broke my heart in a way that I was also psychologically exhausted," Ronaldo said, "I wanted to find a way to help him. This help exists today. In my days, little was talked about."
Ronaldo said earlier in the tournament that he was "shocked" by the level of "jealousy and evil" Neymar had to deal with after he was injured in the match against Serbia.
Brazil, meanwhile, are looking for a new coach after Chiche resigned following the World Cup failure after six years in the job.
Reports in Brazil on Monday named Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as a candidate to take the job as the Brazilian federation said it was willing to wait until the summer of 2023 to appoint the Italian.
Sources told ESPN that Ancelotti is unaware of the matter and is currently happy in Madrid, where his contract is set to expire in June 2024. Ancelotti has previously said the Real Madrid job could be his last before retirement.
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