Where are they now? Brazil's 2002 World Cup winners
He was already pretty much strolling through games when he returned to Brazil in 2011, yet for all his partying he was still able to bamboozle defenders at will
We come, then, to the Three Rs. First up is Ronaldinho, who, despite his tender years (he was just 22 when the tournament rolled around) was able to translate his PSG form to the highest level with typical panache.
You'll know most of what followed: five memorable, trophy-laden seasons at Barcelona, a couple of decent years at Milan, a healthy dollop of off-field excess and a million YouTube skills compilations.
He was already pretty much strolling through games when he returned to Brazil in 2011, yet for all his partying (memorably, Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo once felt compelled to install a CCTV system at a training camp to prevent Ronnie sneaking girls in) he was still able to bamboozle defenders at will, and was the key figure as Atlético Mineiro romped to the 2013 Copa Libertadores title.
The 36-year-old has not played since an abortive stint with Fluminense in 2015 and recently signed up as an ambassador for Barcelona.
He became something of an itinerant traveller after the tournament, with spells in Italy, Greece, Turkey and even Angola
While Ronaldinho had his Barcelona glory years ahead of him, his attacking team-mate was coming to the end of his time in Catalonia when he starred in the Far East. This felt like the zenith of a career that had built up slowly, from humble beginnings in Recife, via four Brazilian clubs and Deportivo La Coruña.
Rivaldo played like a man desperate to make the most of the opportunity, too, scoring five times to help the Seleção to the final and playing a part in both goals as Germany were swept aside. Only that ludicrous bit of play-acting against Turkey blotted his copybook.
He became something of an itinerant traveller after the tournament, with spells in Italy, Greece, Turkey and even Angola, then a stint as player-president (yes, really) of Mogi Mirim, a regional side he'd last represented in the early '90s. He was on the scoresheet for the minnows as recently as June 2015, in a 3-1 Brazilian second division win over Macaé. The scorer of Mogi's other two goals in that game? His son, Rivaldinho. Obviously.