As quoted by Brazilian outlet O Dia, former Brazil striker Ronaldo Nazário has suggested that Brazilian forward Neymar should seek help from a psychologist after Brazil’s surprise exit from the World Cup via a quarter-final penalty shootout loss to Croatia. Neymar was seen in tears after the game before writing on social media that the loss “psychologically destroyed” him. Ronaldo said:
“I would advise him to have a psychological follow-up to help him withstand this pressure, which is extremely difficult for human beings to handle. When I saw the interview saying that he was ‘psychologically destroyed’, it broke my heart. In a way, I was also psychologically destroyed and I wanted to find a way to help him. Neymar will return with the same passion and the same desire, but I wanted to reinforce the need to monitor the mental health of our athletes. It’s very important for us to address this issue and especially when it comes to the World Cup, where the whole world is looking at the national team. The whole world was looking at Neymar.”
Ronaldo scored 62 goals in 98 Brazil caps during his international career between 1994 and 2011, winning the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.