The position of full-back used to be viewed as a somewhat murky and uninteresting role in the world of football; the position which had to sit back, be solid, distribute sensibly and, perhaps most dreadfully of all, wear the No. 2 shirt.
Sweeping, rampaging, pacey counter-attacks are often led by these specimens of impressive physical and technical ability, while they also frequently hold the key to tactical switches within the overall structure of the team.
The attacking full-back is a key element of almost any successful side, able to enter the final third and be an aid to his team without neglecting his defensive duties at the other end.
Here are the 15 greatest attacking defenders from wide areas that the beautiful game has seen.