Jose Nasazzi, Ernst Ocwirk, Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Franco Baresi, Dunga and Roy Keane all made significant contributions to great sides. Not just as formidable players, but also as inspiring on-field leaders.
They are, of course, just a handful of the countless legendary captains to have graced football with their presence. FIFA.com wants to know which of these, past or present, you consider the greatest.
Some believe an ideal skipper should be a vociferous enforcer, roaring out instructions; others think he should quietly exude his influence, encouraging rather than berating his team-mates? Experts also hold different views on the position in which he should play, and on whether he necessarily has to be an outstanding player.
You will have your own opinion, and it's now time to share it with football followers from across the globe. So, who is football's greatest captain?
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