‘Enormous pressure’ on Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO — Ronaldo didn’t quite go along with the outrageous predictions of eternal damnation if Brazil doesn’t win the World Cup on home soil, but conceded the squad is “enormous pressure” to claim a sixth title.
Jose Maria Marin, head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, was quoted by Sao Paulo newspaper Folha de S.Paulo this week saying, “We’ll all go to hell” if Brazil fails to secure the World Cup title in July.
Ronaldo led Brazil to its last World Cup title 12 years ago, and knows the expectations on the team have been growing with every edition since then.
“The players, when they don’t know if they are going to win or lose, by definition, they are under enormous pressure,” he said on Thursday, speaking as Brazilian organisers explained ongoing delays in finishing three of 12 stadiums.
Marin repeated his prophecy for Brazil’s World Cup on Thursday as he sat beside Jerome Valcke, Fifa’s top World Cup official. “What [Brazilian] people really, really expect in the World Cup is to win the championship,” he said. “So we’re still in purgatory. So either we all work together … It’s either to hell, or paradise or heaven. I’m confident we’ll all go together to heaven.” — SapaAP.