Danijel Subasic had to wait a long time to secure his spot as Croatia’s number-one goalkeeper. Only after the retirement of Stipe Pletikosa, who played at the 2002, 2006 and 2014 World Cups, did the Zadar-born shotstopper inherit the starting jersey.
From that moment on, however, he has not disappointed: at UEFA EURO 2016 Suba was the hero in the decisive group-stage win against Spain, saving a penalty from Sergio Ramos.
At club level, Subasic is carving out a stellar career at AS Monaco, having joined as relative unknown from Hajduk Split in 2012. Since then, he has helped the club climb up into Ligue 1 and established himself as one of the leaders of the side. He played a vital role in the unforgettable 2016/17 season, when Monaco won the league title and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. During his time in the principality, Subasic has also managed to beat off competition for the No1 shirt from two FIFA World Cup finalists: Argentina’s Sergio Romero and the Netherlands’ Maarten Stekelenburg.