Behind every great team is an equally outstanding goalkeeper. That is why in the Champions League knockout stages, performances from the last line of defence will be vital for any side who aspires to go all the way and lift the trophy in May.
But of the last 16 teams left in the competition, who boasts the strongest keeper of the bunch? Who can rely on the man between the posts to keep goals out, driving them on to glory?
The following 16 players are the first-choice shot-stoppers for their respective teams, ordered by their quality and, above all, reliability when called into actions. The No. 1 jersey may not represent the most glamourous positions, but without a doubt it is one of the most important on the pitch.