The 3 Best Football Academies in Europe for producing Top 5 European League Players
Manchester United FC
The third is England’s most successful team, Manchester United. Going through a sticky patch in the league since Alex Ferguson retirement, United are still prominent in the transfer market and youth development.The Red Devils first team has 6 club trained players and a massive 28 Academy players in Europe’s elite leagues. This adds up to 34 Academy graduates.Notable graduates are Paul Pogba, Danny Welbeck, and Ryan Shawcross.Find out more about Manchester United’s Academy here.
In Second place is one of the most consistent youth production factories in the world. ‘La Masia
’ is the formidable football academy of FC Barcelona.La Liga Champions 24 times, Barcelona’s rivalry with Real Madrid is fierce even at youth level.Some of the world’s leading players came through ‘La Masia’, including world cup winners Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué.Even with big money imports such as Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr, FC Barcelona has 7 ‘La Masia’ graduates in the first team squad. In addition, 30 club-trained graduates play in Europe’s top 5 leagues, raising the total to 37
Real Madrid FC
The number one team at producing top-level footballers is Real Madrid FC.Famous for bringing Galacticos to the Bernabeu, youth development is still in the plans.Players such as Álvaro Morata, Saúl Ñíguez, Juan Mata and Filipe Luís all began their careers in Madrid.
Real Madrid has more club trained squad players (7) than rivals Barcelona (6). This may show where Zidane’s focus lies.Real has 41 club-trained players throughout Europe’s top 5 leagues, crowning them the best academy for development elite footballers in the world.