Discussing the world’s greatest right-backs was not one thing most would have thought of doing even 15 years in the past. Famously, nobody “grew up desirous to be Gary Neville”. 

Effectively, the occasions, they’re a-changing – even since Trent Alexander-Arnold’s unbelievable rise from debates about whether or not he was a midfielder to profitable Champions League titles. This can be a place through which crossing machines bomb up and down the flank (see the likes of Achraf Hakimi), playmaking starlets glisten (Joshua Kimmich or Trent, anybody?) and clever defenders lock down a few roles directly (suppose Kyle Walker or Takehiro Tomiyasu).