As fans of football clubs, we all absolutely adore our teams' academy youngsters trying to make a mark on the first team. We also love to see their rise on the biggest stages and get to witness how they mature as a player and as a person.
There are many clubs across Europe who fully focus on ensuring that their homegrown talent is the best among all. Some clubs concentrate on this aspect pretty well while some just stop investing after some time.
Today we bring to you a list of top 17 clubs across Europe who have produced the best young footballers in the world from their respective football academies.
Please note that these footballers have either stayed at the club and made their way to the first team or have moved to new clubs and are consistently playing.
1. FC Barcelona - 38 players
FC Barcelona lead the way with 38 players produced from their academy to have made it to the first team at Barcelona or any other top club in Europe.
Some top names from these 38 players from their academy are:
2. PSG - 33 players
PSG have produced as many as 33 top players from their youth academy. Some of them are:
3. Real Madrid - 31 players
Real Madrid have produced as many as 31 top players from their youth academy. Some of them are:
4. Lyon - 25 players
Some of the players are.....
Hatem Ben Arfa
5. Rennes - 24 players
Some of the players are....
6. Valencia - 23 players
Some of the greatest players from Valencia's academy are
7. Atalanta - 22 players
The best players to have come out of Atalanta's youth system are....
8. Chelsea - 20 players
Some of the best players to have come out of Chelsea's youth system are....
Patrick van Aanholt
9. Ajax - 20 players
Some of the greatest legends of the game took their first steps at Ajax. They are...
Marco van Basten
Rafael van der Vaart
Edwin van der Sar
Apart from the above legends, the following stars also made or are making brilliant careers starting from the Ajax academy.....
Nigel de Jong
Matthijs de Ligt
Donny van de Beek
10. Manchester United - 19 players
Manchester United have produced some of the greatest players of our generation over the years. Here's a look at some of those....
13. Sporting CP - 19 players
The greatest out of the 19 top academy graduates produced by Sporting are...
12. AC Milan - 18 players
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Milan have a great history of academy talent going on to become legends at the club. Here's a look at some of their best players from the academy over the years...
Mattia de Sciglio
13. Manchester City - 17 players
Manchester City have also had some pretty good academy talent. One surprising Manchester United legend too makes the list of greatest Manchester City academy players....
14. Atletico Madrid - 17 players
Atletico Madrid have had their share of academy greats...Here are some of them...
15. Sevilla - 17 players
Some of the greatest players to have graduated from Sevilla's academy are....
Jose Antonio Reyes
16. Roma - 17 players
Some of the greatest players to have graduated from AS Roma's academy are....
Daniele De Rossi
Giancarlo de Sisti
Agostino Di Bartolomei
17. Benfica - 15 players
Some of the players are:
Angel Di Maria