In recent years the role of the right-back has changed with there now being more of an emphasis on pace, skill and attacking ability rather than just defensive nous.
So, let's take a look at the most valuable right-backs in the world according to Transfermarkt.
5. Micah Richards | Manchester City | Value: £14m
As there is a three-way tie for fourth place, Richards beats City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta into fifth spot as he is younger, therefore his price has more potential to increase. A strong, pacy customer, what Richards may lose in finesse he makes up with his ability to bully physically inferior left wingers.
4. Kyle Walker | Tottenham Hotspur | Value: £14m
Younger than Richards, at 22 Walker has tremendous potential and his blistering pace terrorises his opponents as he bombs down Spurs’ right flank. In competition with Glen Johnson over England’s first choice right-back, if Walker can develop his defensive ability he can become the all-round right-back.
3. Stephan Lichtsteiner | Juventus | Value: £14.5m
One of the less well-known members of the top five, the Swiss international arrived in Turin for a relative bargain of €10m in 2011 and scored on his debut. At 29, he took time to mature into his prime, and arguably has little ability to increase his value further, courtesy of his uncomplicated solid playing style.
2. Dani Alves | Barcelona | Value: £23m
The Brazilian is currently occupying the right-back position in FIFA’s Team of the Year, and has been at the top of the game ever since his £30m - including add-ons - transfer to Barcelona from Sevilla. That transfer left him the second most expensive defender of all time behind Manchester United centre-half Rio Ferdinand.
1. Philipp Lahm | Bayern Munich | Value: £24.5m
Unlike every other player on this list, Lahm has no real weaknesses to mention. The German captain is a graduate from Bayern Munich’s youth academy, and is just two caps from racking up a century of international appearances. A worthy winner, Lahm is the all round modern full-back.
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