7. Juan Sebastian Veron, Argentina
Never judge a player only by what he does in the Premier League. Veron in 1998 was exceptional, a player with the vision and range of passing that would have made him a playmaker in most countries, but with a sufficient engine that Argentina felt they could afford to play him deeper. The one-two with Diego Simeone to lay on Ariel Ortega’s first against Jamaica was magnificent, as was the invention that led him to take a short free-kick to Javier Zanetti in the second-round game against England. His best assist, though, came against the Dutch, a sumptuous long pass for Claudio Lopez.