The full-back. A position that has taken on an ever more important role in the modern European football team but has long been of similar importance to the Brazilian game.
The lateral, most accurately defined as a wing-back, is a key member of any Brazilian side. Although deep-lying, their main contribution is as an attacking outlet with defensive solidity considered more of a bonus.
That said, with the national side heading to a more and more European style of playing, an increasing amount of attention is being paid to the all-round games of the country's full-backs.
Brazil has provided many of the position's all-time great players. Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Junior and Branco have been some of the best in modern times.
Historically, the likes of Nilton Santos, Djalma Santos and Carlos Alberto Torres have not only reached the top of the game but they have also advanced the definition and role of the position.
With all that history in mind, who then are the best eight laterals of Brazil's current generation?