Jasper Cillessen (€13 million) (9/20)

Born in Nijmegen in 1989, Cillessen was brought up through the youth academy at NEC. He made his Eredivisie debut with his hometown club in 2010, but was snapped up the following summer by Ajax for just over three million as a replacement for Maarten Stekelenburg, though he was predominantly used as a backup for Kenneth Vermeer in both the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.

Cillessen’s debut for the club was one to remember – a baptism of fire – as he came on for Kenneth Vermeer with Ajax 1-0 down in De Klassieker against Feyenoord. But Cillessen kept calm, which is and always will be his strongest asset, helping Ajax to a 1-1 draw.

The following campaign, after a string of undeniably great performances, Cillessen overtook the duty as Ajax’s starting goalkeeper, celebrating his new role with some excellent displays, highlighted by his efforts in a 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona. It was not soon after that he became the Netherlands’ number one as well, guiding them to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup – though he never could or has been able to save a penalty, and was infamously replaced by Tim Krul in the shoot-out against Costa Rica in the quarter-final.

Mental strength is Cillessen’s finest asset, which goes a long way for a keeper, but there’s a lot more to his game than that. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, Cillessen is a fine distributor of the ball, sometimes mistaking himself as an 11th outfielder. His reflexes make him a terrific shot stopper, keeping Ajax in many games over the years, especially during his final season in Amsterdam when the team stumbled their way to a distant second place finish.

His antics are also beloved by Ajax and Dutch supporters, as he has been at the centre of a number of moments on the pitch that have since gone viral – most notably his terrific fake out on Gonzalo Higuain, and his casual squat near his goal post during the Netherlands’ 3-0 thumping of a beleaguered Brazil side at the 2014 World Cup.

In total, Cillessen made 143 appearances during his Ajax career, keeping 63 clean sheets and conceding 119 goals. His Eredivisie numbers were even more impressive, keeping 50 clean sheets in 101 apps, allowing just 67 goals. Those are some remarkable numbers.

He made the high-profile switch to Barcelona in the summer of 2016, but has made just 10 appearances for the club since, taking a back seat to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It was far from a smart move for the sake of his playing time, though his courage and self-confidence is admirable. Sometimes the allure of the Camp Nou just proves too much for an individual.