A study has showcased that just three teams in all of Europe graduate more players from their academy into their respective first teams than Real Madrid.
Only the likes of Dutch side Ajax, Portuguese outfit Benfica and Austrain stalwards RB Salzburg produce more players for Europe’s top five leagues than Raul’s side.
Furthermore, Barcelona B have provided 11 players who currently play in Europe’s big five leagues. This study also shows that the most common way for youth prodigies of signing for a top team in Europe’s top five leagues is to get a transfer from a club outside the top five leagues.
Once that is done, players undergo development from the youth academy or B team of a top five league club and subsequently lead to promotion to the first team (13 percent).
After Real Madrid (17) and Barcelona (11), the surprising name in Spanish top flight production is Almería, with six players. They are followed by the island side Tenerife with four.
Following are England, Italy, France and Germany’s clubs with the best youth academies ranked….