When Chelsea parted with a hefty £7 million for a young Czech Republic goalkeeper shortly after Euro 2004, it was largely viewed as something of a gamble purchasing a 22-year-old who was barely been proven at the top level.
Unsurprisingly, the move by the Blues was well researched and is still paying dividends eight years later, as that keeper was indeed Petr Cech, who has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world since moving to Chelsea from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.
A similar investment followed in 2011 for highly rated Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois, who was on the books at Jupiler League side Genk, where he had just won the domestic title and was named Player of the Year.
As a result, Chelsea seized on the opportunity and swooped in to seal a deal for the shot stopper ahead of their European rivals, and it turned out to be a shrewd piece of business, snapping up the 20-year-old for around £7 million.
The club decided to loan out to Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who were looking for a first-choice goalkeeper after David De Gea left for Manchester United. A loan deal was swifty drawn up, which would see Courtois spend the season at the Vicente Calderon.
Despite his towering frame of 6'6", Courtois is a fairly agile goalkeeper and has bags of energy. He quickly silenced any doubters of his ability as Atletico progressed to the Europa League Final, where he kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
His continued development at club level was recognized by national team boss Georges Leekens, who handed Courtois his debut against France to make him the youngest ever goalkeeper to appear for his nation, and he impressed between the sticks, keeping a clean sheet.
Since then, he has slowly ousted Sunderland's Simon Mignolet out of the position as the Belgium No. 1, and he has featured in all six of their games in the World Cup 2014 qualifying group.
It seems that despite continued speculation linking him with a £20 million move to Real Madrid and pressure to perform, confidence is not an issue for Courtois.
With that in consideration, one could assume that playing in a major tournament for the first time is unlikely to faze him either.