Best 17 Clubs Who Have Produced the Most Academy Players Across Europe's Top 5 Leagues in History

Dec 17, 2020, 11:24 PM GMT+5:30
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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

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi | David Ramos/Getty Images

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:

Lionel Messi
Xavi
Andres Iniesta
Sergio Busquets
Pep Guardiola
Carles Puyol
Gerard Pique
Guillermo Amor
Victor Valdes
Cesc Fabregas
Sergio Roberto

2. PSG - 33 players

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Kingsley Coman | JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/Getty Images

PSG have produced as many as 33 top players from their youth academy. Some of them are:

Kingsley Coman
Matteo Guendouzi
Ousmane Dembele
Jean-Kevin Augustine
Adrien Rabiot
Odsonne Edouard
Youssouf Mulumbu
Mamadou Sakho
Sylvain Distin
Colin Dagba
Timothy Weah
Alphonse Areola
Presnel Kimpembe

3. Real Madrid - 31 players

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Iker Casillas | PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/Getty Images

Real Madrid have produced as many as 31 top players from their youth academy. Some of them are:

Raul
Iker Casillas
Guti
Juanfran
Dani Parejo
Roberto Soldado
Saul Niguez
Lucas Vazquez
Pablo Sarabia
Jose Callejon
Juan Mata
Dani Carvajal
Nacho Fernandez
Denis Suarez
Sergio Reguilon
Alvaro Morata
Jese
Joselu
Denis Cheryshev

4. Lyon - 25 players

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Alexandre Lacazette | PHILIPPE DESMAZES/Getty Images

Some of the players are.....

Karim Benzema
Maxime Gonalons
Hatem Ben Arfa
Ludovic Giuly
Alexandre Lacazette
Sidney Govou
Fredrick Kanoute
Nabil Fekir
Loic Remy

5. Rennes - 24 players

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Some of the players are....

Ousmane Dembele
Tiemoue Bakayoko
Yoann Gourcuff
Yacine Brahimi
Mikel Silvestre
Yann M'Vila
Stephane Mbia
Sylvain Wiltord
Moussa Sow

6. Valencia - 23 players

Isco Alarcon
Isco Alarcon | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Some of the greatest players from Valencia's academy are

David Silva
Isco
Raul Albiol
Jose Gaya
Paco Alcacer

7. Atalanta - 22 players

Riccardo Montolivo
Ricardo Montolivo | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

The best players to have come out of Atalanta's youth system are....

Ricardo Montolivo
Carlo Ceresoli
Giampaolo Pazzini
Franco Nodari
Piero Gardoni
Roberto Donadoni
Alessio Tacchinardi
Gaetano Scirea
Gianpaolo Bellini
Angelo Domenghini

8. Chelsea - 20 players

John Terry
John Terry | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Some of the best players to have come out of Chelsea's youth system are....

John Terry
Ryan Bertrand
Jady Morris
Jeffrey Bruma
Patrick van Aanholt
Andreas Christensen
Nathaniel Chalobah
Tammy Abraham
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Dominic Solanke
Nathan Ake
Charlie Musonda
Josh McEachran
Sam Hutchinson

9. Ajax - 20 players

Marco Van Basten
Marco van Basten | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Some of the greatest legends of the game took their first steps at Ajax. They are...

Johan Cruyff
Marco van Basten
Frank Rijkaard
Clarence Seedorf
Dennis Bergkamp
Edgar Davids
Patrick Kluivert
Rafael van der Vaart
Wesley Sneijder
Rinus Michels
Edwin van der Sar

Apart from the above legends, the following stars also made or are making brilliant careers starting from the Ajax academy.....

John Heitinga
Nigel de Jong
Christian Eriksen
Matthijs de Ligt
Thomas Vermaelen
Jan Vertonghen
Donny van de Beek
Sergino Dest
Justin Kluivert
Davy Klaassen

10. Manchester United - 19 players

Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville
The Class Of 92 | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Manchester United have produced some of the greatest players of our generation over the years. Here's a look at some of those....

Ryan Giggs
Paul Scholes
David Beckham
Gary Neville
Nicky Butt
Wes Brown
Marcus Rashford
Paul Pogba
Darren Fletcher
John O'Shea
Jonny Evans
Phil Neville

13. Sporting CP - 19 players

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Sporting academy as a kid | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

The greatest out of the 19 top academy graduates produced by Sporting are...

Cristiano Ronaldo
Luis Figo
Paulo Futre
Nani
Simao
Joao Moutinho
William Carvalho
Rui Patricio
Ricardo Quaresma

12. AC Milan - 18 players

Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

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...

Paolo Maldini
Franco Baresi
Alessandro Costacurta
Demetrio Albertini
Cristian Brocchi
Ignazio Abate
Mattia de Sciglio
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Matteo Darmian
Bryan Cristante

13. Manchester City - 17 players

Phil Foden
Phil Foden | Michael Regan/Getty Images

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....

Ryan Giggs
Shaun Wright-Philips
Glenn Whelan
Phil Foden
Kasper Schmeichel
Stephen Ireland
Daniel Sturridge
Micah Richards
Ben Mee
Kieran Trippier
Loris Karius

14. Atletico Madrid - 17 players

Raul
Raul | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid have had their share of academy greats...Here are some of them...

Raul
Gabi
Koke
Fernando Torres
Ricardo
Antonio Lopez
Manu
Saul Niguez
Mario Suarez
Thomas Partey
Rodri
Theo Hernandez

15. Sevilla - 17 players

Sergio Ramos
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Some of the greatest players to have graduated from Sevilla's academy are....

Sergio Ramos
Jesus Navas
Jose Antonio Reyes
Carlos Marchena
Manolo Jimenez
Rafael Paz
Sergio Rico

16. Roma - 17 players

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti | MB Media/Getty Images

Some of the greatest players to have graduated from AS Roma's academy are....

Francesco Totti
Daniele De Rossi
Angelo Peruzzi
Giancarlo de Sisti
Agostino Di Bartolomei
Lorenzo Stovini
Alberto Aquilani
Alessandro Florenzi
Alessio Cerci
Andrea Bertolacci
Fabio Petruzzi
Stefano Desidiri
Cesar Bravo
Roberto Muzzi

17. Benfica - 15 players

Joao Felix
Joao Felix | Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Some of the players are:

Joao Felix
Danilo Pereira
Ruben Dias
Angel Di Maria
Bernardo Silva
Joao Cancelo
Ederson
Victor Lindelof
Goncalo Guedes
Andre Gomes
Renato Sanches
Jan Oblak
Nelson Semedo

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