His last game was the European Cup final at Wembley, where
Barcelona played him the complement of assigning Bakero, their best
midfielder, to cancel him out. The Brazilian was 37 at the time.
With his younger legs, Veron soon showed that his mobility made him a very difficult man to mark.
He relished the challenge of filling Cerezo's boots, and Argentina soon felt the benefit.
Veron broke into the starting line up for the World Cup qualifier away to Colombia in February 1997.
Argentina were languishing at the time, in danger of missing out on France 98.
Colombia were top of the South America's table and backed by the blistering afternoon heat of Barranquilla.
But Veron took the field with the confidence befitting a player who had already shown Sampdoria he was worthy of the Cerezo tag.
He dominated the game and Argentina won 1-0.
It was a result which proved to be the start of everything they have gone on to achieve.
Now Veron will look to continue that run and achieve success on the stage that Cerezo graced but never mastered.