What Ronaldo has been doing for Neymar throughout the 2018 World Cup so far

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Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland but picked up their first win of the 2018 World Cup against Costa Rica on Friday.

After several near misses, in-form Philippe Coutinho's clever 91st-minute finish put them ahead before Neymar sealed a 2-0 win six minutes later.

Much was made of the scenes following the final whistle in Saint Petersburg as Brazil's main man broke down in tears, with his teammates coming over to console him.

Neymar is probably feeling the weight of expectation of a whole nation on his shoulders, and someone who knows all about that is the great Ronaldo Nazario.

The iconic striker fired Brazil to 2002 World Cup glory and it's now been revealed what he's been doing for the world's most expensive footballer in Russia.

From heartbreak to glory for Neymar?

Four years before winning the World Cup in South Korea & Japan, Ronaldo experienced heartbreak in France, and it's very comparable to Neymar's situation.

Brazilian forward Ronaldo celebrates after scoring

The Paris Saint-Germain star suffered a devastating injury which cruelly ended his 2014 tournament before the infamous 7-1 humiliation to Germany.

What Ronaldo is doing for Neymar

Spanish outlet Marca have reported that Brazil legend Ronaldo has been meeting with Neymar to advise and help him cope with the pressure throughout his time in Russia so far.

The ex-Ballon d'Or winner is visiting the Brazilian camp on a regular basis, where he talks to Neymar and spends private time with the 26-year-old.


Ronaldo, who is working as a pundit for O'Globo, even spoke face-to-face with Brazil's number ten the day before the matches with both Switzerland and Costa Rica.

The 41-year-old has been good friends with Neymar for many years now and, as good as the forward is, he'll certainly appreciate any words of wisdom from his legendary compatriot.

Is this Neymar's World Cup?

Having fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot back in February, there was serious doubt as to whether Neymar would recover in time for this competition.

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However, after scoring in friendly wins over Croatia, Austria and in Group E against Costa Rica, he'll want to build on that run when his country face Serbia.

What do YOU make of what Ronaldo is doing for Neymar? Do YOU think he's under lots of pressure to win this World Cup? Leave YOUR opinions in the comments box below!

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