Juan Sebastian Veron has hailed Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal as the best midfielders on show at this summer's World Cup.
The pair are team-mates at Juventus, whom they helped to a record points haul during last season's Serie A title-winning campaign.
Veron has been particularly impressed by what he has seen in Brazil from Pogba, who won a penalty in France's tournament opener against Honduras before creating a goal for Karim Benzema in the 5-2 demolition of Switzerland with a sublime outside-of-the-foot pass after coming on as substitute.
Indeed, the former Argentina international believes that the 21-year-old is the most outstanding talent in an exciting Bleus line-up that has already racked up eight goals in two games.
"I'm surprised by France: they are young, but already strong," Veron told RMC. "But then, these are guys who have grown up at big clubs.
"The best example is Paul Pogba. He plays with a lot of intensity and is very offensive. Every team would like to have him.
"This kind of player is rare. I'm very impressed by him. He's the best midfielder at the World Cup along with the Chilean, Arturo Vidal. These are two unpredictable players that can always make the difference."
Pogba's France need only a point from their final fixture to progress to the last 16, while Vidal's Chile are already through, having booked their place in the knockout stages by dumping reigning champions Spain out of the competition.