Ronaldo insists he never was stricken with convulsions before the World Cup final, as the team doctor contends.

"That never happened," he told Jornal dos Sports. "The problem was that the team played poorly and they found an excuse in me for the defeat."The 21-year-old Brazilian star was rushed to doctors on Sunday but was eventually allowed to play after doctors found nothing wrong with him. He did not play well in a 3-0 loss to France.

"The problem happened because of stress," he told Jornal do Brasil. "I am tired of the number of false news reports. They even say I had a nervous breakdown. . . . It was just stress."