When the striker crisis, Barca chose to sign a contract with a strange name Martin Braithwaite. At this time, the question of where the famous La Masia products were raised was.
In the 2019/20 season, 5 young players from La Masia were promoted to the first team of Barca. However, Ansu Fati alone has left his mark when continuously setting records in La Liga as well as the Champions League. From no valuation, the young striker is now worth 40 million euros (Transfermarkt) after 3 months.
After the generation of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, the only product of the La Masia oven to gain a foothold in the first team only Sergi Roberto. The young training center has been rated as one of Europe’s leading, giving birth to a generation of system that ruled the old continental football is gradually forgotten.
In 2008, Pep Guardiola coach officially took over Barca from Frank Rijkaard. Since then, the Spanish strategist has taken this team from success to victory. In 4 years of coach Guardiola in power, Barca won 2 Champions League titles, 3 La Liga and dozens of other unprecedented records with the famous tiki-taka style.
In a 4-0 win over Levanta in La Liga in 2012, Barca debuted with a team of 11 players from La Masia. They are Victor Valdes, Martin Montoya, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez and Lionel Messi. “Los Blaugrana” owned the ball, with a clear 82 percent of the ball and 92 percent of the ball.
Two years earlier, the last three candidates for FIFA Ballon D’or were all from La Masia: Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. Later, this title belongs to the Argentine star. At that time, the percentage of players from La Masia in the first team to Barca reached 68%, a terrible number.
Not only in Barca, La Masia also made his influence on the Spanish team. Under Vicente Del Bosque, “La Roja” won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with a captivating tiki-taka.
The mature players from La Masia such as Pique, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta were also the mainstay of the Spanish team that period. In those two finals, Iniesta scored the winning goal against the Netherlands, while Alba made Italy out of the opportunity to increase the score to 2-0.
In Europe, many clubs have the ability to train children as well as Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) or Benfica (Portugal). However, the majority of mature players have since tended to brighten up the stronger teams. With La Masia, they do something special when helping Barca and Spain to reap much success based on the mature framework from the furnace. However, this cycle of success does not last forever.