Some players possess an uncanny talent of being able to impose themselves on games when it matters most for their teams.

Sometimes they can go missing for large periods of a fixture, only to pop up with a vitally important pass here, an incredible interception there or a match-winning strike late on.

I don’t want to go as far as to say it’s an unteachable talent, but it certainly seems as though some stars see its benefits more frequently than others.

With the Champions League last 16 ties underway, and the perfect stage for players to perform upon set, we take a look at eight game-changing players in football today.

Click on to see who makes the cut...

Steven Gerrard
Gareth Bale
World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Premier League