While there are no hard and fast rules for what makes a great captain, these players have led their teams to success.
A great captain does not have to be the greatest player on the field of any given squad, nor does he or she have to be a phenomenal footballer.
In football, captaincy is extremely important.
Captain's, on the other hand, requires something unique to inspire his or her teammates to greatness.
Captains play an important role in the beautiful game.
The captain's position is often overlooked, but the man who wears the coveted armband has the potential to be the difference between a win and a loss, a good team and a poor team, and to be remembered as one of the game's greats.
My pick Paolo Maldini .
Maldini had a glittering 25-year career with AC Milan, and after the retirements of Franco Baresi and Mauro Tassotti in1997, he was given the captain's armband.
Many would be intimidated by following in the footsteps of such legendary figures, but Maldini went on to become a club legend in his own right.
The left-back oversaw another successful period for the Rossoneri, winning eight trophies in total, including two UEFA Champions League titles in 2003 and 2007.
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