Fans love the tricksters, showboaters and highlight reel players that really get us off our seats and justify the admission fee, but behind every trivela enthusiast in a team, there is a leader keeping the entire operation intact.
We pine for the mavericks and Ricardo Quaresma tribute acts of this world, but behind that front, the first name on most of our teamsheets is the captain.
It’s that heart on sleeve mentality that truly chimes with the fans and draws us closer to the turf, with the skipper essentially ‘one of us’, but with one small caveat: they’re world-class footballers and we couldn’t breach the net from five yards if Rivaldo himself teed us up.
This season’s Champions League, like all others, has brought together the best the continent has to offer, and in turn, some of the most talented captains too.
From Real Madrid to RB Salzburg, they all have one. But, can you name all 32?
There’s a temptation to reveal Krasnodar’s answer, but where’s the fun in that?
Take our quiz below to see how many skippers from the 2020/21 Champions League you can get….