Have a look at the top 10 football academies in the world which are famous for developing various superstars in the footballing globe.
The Premier league club is famous for producing talents such as Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana who have impressed across Europe with their remarkable performances. The Saints have invested £30 million to renovate their training ground. English legend, Alan Shearer is another big name from the academy.
Stevan Jovetic, Matija Nastasic and Adem Ljajic are some notable products of Partizan Belgrade’s academy. In the 80’s the Serbian club was known as one of the most fearful sides in Europe with the kind of players they produced.
The Brazilian club are known for bringing out the legendary Pele into the game who was undoubtedly one of the best player the game has ever seen. Neymar, Ganso, Elano and Robinho are other stars who started their career at Santos.
07: Dinamo Zagreb
A low budget Croatian side have made around €50 million from selling their young gems. Real Madrid star Luka Modric heads the list as their top youth product. The academy has produced over 200 youngsters after investing nearly 1.3 million euros in their youth setup.
06: Manchester United
English Legends Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best emerged from the Red Devils academy. Sir Alex Ferguson’s arrival in the 80’s saw the Manchester United academy produce players like Ryan Giggs, Paul and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham.
05: Bayern Munich
The Bavarians have dominated German football for consistent periods and are known for raising home grown talent. Almost 50% of Bayern’s squad constitutes of club’s youth system. Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Holger Badstuber are all academy products.
04: Sao Paulo
Hernanes, Oscar, Lucas Moura, Breno, Cafu, Rogerio Ceni and Antonio Carlos Zago are all part of the Brazilian club’s academy who breathe football. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner Kaka is the biggest name that Sao Paulo can boast of producing.
The Amsterdam based club has best historical record in the Dutch league. It is recognised as the fabric for creating talents such as Wesley Sneijder, Rafael Van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong. Former boss Frank De Boer is a firm believer in the Ajax academy which he learned during his five year stay.
02: Sporting Lisbon
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo are among the Portuguese superstars that Lisbon feel proud of creating. Jao Moutinho, Nani, Miguel Veloso, Simao and Ricardo Quaresma sum up the incredible list of Sporting Lisbon products.
01: FC Barcelona
The La Masia has constantly produced fresh talent since the late 90’s which is the reason they top the list. Legends such as Xavi, Iniesta and Messi are all part of the famous academy. Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique also came in through same development system. The La Masia keeps bringing out new gems known for its excellence.