8. Thomas Brolin, Sweden
He may have become a figure of fun later in his career, as the belly expanded and he took up a range of unlikely jobs including being a vacuum-cleaner salesman, but in the early '90s Brolin was the creative spark that lit up an over-achieving Sweden side.
He was aided by having a potent strike force in Martin Dahlin and Kennet Andersson – with a young Henrik Larsson coming through – but it was Brolin’s imagination that fired Sweden. He converted a penalty against Russia, then scored an excellent opener in the quarter-final win over Romania.