Where are they now? Brazil's 2002 World Cup winners
Four years after his mysterious meltdown in Paris, the striker achieved redemption in Yokohama by netting a brace in the final
Four years after his mysterious meltdown in Paris, the striker achieved redemption in Yokohama, pouncing on a rebound to net the opening goal before slotting home his second with the precision of a snooker player. The brace took him to 12 World Cup goals, bringing him level with Pelé.
Ronaldo would go on to become a firm favourite at Real Madrid but was never able to replicate the explosiveness of his youth, those two serious knee injuries sustained while at Inter taking their toll. After a brief spell with Milan, he returned to Brazil with Corinthians, whom he fired to Copa do Brasil glory in 2009.
The former striker took a role in the Local Organising Committee for the 2014 World Cup and received criticism – not least from former Seleção team-mate Romário – for responding to protests about public spending spending on the tournament with the line: "You host a World Cup with stadiums, not hospitals."
After the tournament, Juninho returned to the Riverside for a third spell with Boro, then had stints at Celtic, Palmeiras and Flamengo
The Middlesbrough favourite began the tournament in the starting line-up but surrendered his spot at the quarter-final stage and only came on for the final five minutes of the final. Yet there was no hint of jealousy from the playmaker: "Kléberson was a lot better defensively than me," he told Fox Sports in 2013. "He did really well when he came in and deserved to keep his place."
After the tournament, Juninho returned to the Riverside for a third spell with Boro, then had stints at Celtic, Palmeiras and Flamengo, leaving the latter after an explosive – and uncharacteristic – touchline row with coach Ney Franco. After six months in Australia with Sydney FC, he took over as president of boyhood club Ituano.