The role of captain is often underappreciated in the world of football. But the man wearing the coveted armband can often prove the difference between a good team and one which has the ability to take on all comers and become remembered as one of the greats.
A great captain does not need to be the best player on any given team; nor, indeed, a footballer of spectacular talent. But this individual needs something special to drive his companions on to glory. It could be an unbreakable spirit, unyielding commitment or the ability to lead by example, which inspires the best out of those who surround them on the pitch.
The following is a list of the 20 players who best symbolise these winning attributes at club level, placing them in the pantheon of football's greatest captains.