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Ronaldo: I can beat the boss.

RONALDO is desperate to lay the ghost of the World Cup Final to rest when Brazil take on Uruguay in the Copa America Final today.

The Samba superstar suffered a seizure before last year's France 98 showpiece and the eyes of the world watched as he had a howler.

But things had been looking up for him as he blasted in four goals to lead the Copa scoring charts.

However, in the 2-0 semi-final win over Mexico the InterMilan striker was BOOED off the pitch after being substituted.

But the 22-year-old insisted it didn't bother him and he said: "I'm not upset in the slightest.

Even with Ronaldo facing a personal struggle, Brazil are still massive favourites to lift the trophy.

And the Samba stars haven't lost a Copa America game since Uruguay beat them in the 1995 final.

But despite their record, Brazil's star midfielder Rivaldo has warned against complacency.

He said: "The Uruguay team is young but they must be respected because they have gone this far. " Uruguay coach Victor Pua reckons Rivaldo is spot on and he said: "Our success is not an accident. I believed in these players and they have responded."
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Author:Gibson, Fraser
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 18, 1999
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