1998 FIFA World Cup final

Ronaldo pictured following Brazil's 3-0 defeat by France at the 1998 World Cup final at the Stade de FranceRonaldo pictured following Brazil's 3-0 defeat by France at the 1998 World Cup final at the Stade de France

Ronaldo looks gutted after the loss as he was not himself in a final where the pressure seemed to get to him

France vs Brazil in the 1998 final led to a government investigation about Ronaldo's involvement

France: Barthez, Thuram, Desailly, Leboeuf, Lizarazu, Deschamps (c), Karembeu, Petit, Zidane, Djorkaeff, Guivarc'h

Goals: Zidane (27, 45+1), Petit (90+3)

Booked: Deschamps, Karembeu, Desailly

Sent off: Desailly

France manager: Aime Jacquet

Brazil: Taffarel, Cafu, Aldair, Baiano, Carlos, Sampaio, Dunga (c), Rivaldo, Leonardo, Bebeto, Ronaldo

Ronaldo looks gutted after the loss as he was not himself in a final where the pressure seemed to get to himGoals: NONE

Booked: Baiano

Brazil manager: Mario Zagallo

Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Referee: Said Belqola

Attendance: 80, 000

Civil action in a Rio court, a Rio medical council action against two team medics (both of whom were unanimously absolved of blame) and an investigation in Brazil's national congress have shed some light on the events of July 12 1998 but it continues to be a source of consternation in the country.

The official records show the match ended in a 3-0 defeat for Brazil but the story of what happened in and around the Stade de France that afternoon is murkier in detail.

France vs Brazil in the 1998 final led to a government investigation about Ronaldo's involvementRonaldo, then just 21, had been outstanding all tournament in a Brazil side - including Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Bebeto - that were defending their title from 1994.

The final was billed as a head-to-head between him and France's equally captivating talisman Zinedine Zidane. In the event, the France midfielder steamrollered a jaded Brazil outfit, scoring two first half headed goals in a man of the match performance with Emmanuel Petit adding a third after a late counter-attack.

France's Zinedine Zidane sees his header go through the legs of Brazil's Roberto Carlos in the finalIt was the first time France had been crowned world champions but it later transpired much of the drama had already happened, out of view of the many millions of TV viewers worldwide.

The day had began in a relaxed fashion for the Brazil players. The whole squad had lunch at the Chateau de Grande Romaine, just outside Paris then returned to their rooms. Ronaldo was sharing with Roberto Carlos, neighbouring a room with Edmundo and Doriva.

France's Zinedine Zidane sees his header go through the legs of Brazil's Roberto Carlos in the final

France celebrate after going 2-0 up as midfielder Zidane steamrollered a jaded Brazil outfit

France players celebrate with the World Cup trophy as they won the great competition on home soil

France manager Aime Jacquet holds up the World Cup trophy and is surrounded by the world's media

Zidane was a worthy winner of the World Cup as he brushed aside Brazil with two goals in the final

Roberto Carlos implied Ronaldo was wilting under the weight of expectation of the nation. 'He was scared about what lay ahead, ' he said, 'The pressure had got to him and he couldn't stop crying.'

France celebrate after going 2-0 up as midfielder Zidane steamrollered a jaded Brazil outfit France players celebrate with the World Cup trophy as they won the great competition on home soil France manager Aime Jacquet holds up the World Cup trophy and is surrounded by the world's media Zidane was a worthy winner of the World Cup as he brushed aside Brazil with two goals in the final

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Who scored in the fifa world cup final 1998?

Zinedine Zidane scored twice in the game, and midfielder Emmanuel Petit once, giving France a 3-0 victory over Brazil.

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