Not to get too political (my Obama post almost got called out at a family get together this week), but does anyone remember when Ronaldo 'got sick' in the lead up to the final at France 98, and then 'miraculously' appeared at the last minute only to get utterly trounced by Aime Jacquet's superbly organized French youngsters, 3-0 in the final?
Some called it a stunt, an attempt to break the concentration of a well-prepared, young and formidable French team in the lead up to the decisive match. Others say that Ronaldo reported ill to Zagallo 'in good faith,' that it was a simple case of food poisoning.
It's one of football's wonderful mystery moments. Somehow, Jacquet's words on the development seem appropriate for the moment: "Quelle motivation!"