Football development depends on the commitment of clubs especially when it comes to the youth system. No club can entirely and solely depend on buying players year in year out to keep challenging for titles. A functioning youth system must be able to produce a good percentage of players going on to play for the club in the first team. Today, we want to take a closer look at 10 best football academies in the World today;
10. RSC Anderlecht Youth Academy-Belgium
Belgium is currently enjoying what the pundits call a Golden generation of stars. They need to win something soon or live to regret it forever like England. Today we take a closer look at one of the academy making the stars. Anderlecht Youth Academy has produced some of the biggest stars in the game today including Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, and Adnan Januzaj.
9. Dinamo Zagreb Academy- Croatia
When you want to analyze Croatian football, you must mention Dinamo Zagreb Academy somewhere in your piece because the low budget academy has been churning out stars for years. The products include Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, former Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar, and current Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren.
8. Sao Paulo academy – Brazil
Sao Paulo academy is one of the best not only in Brazil but also in the World. They have produced some of the best talents in the game today. They include Ballon d’Or winner Kaka who played for AC Milan and Real Madrid, Chelsea star Oscar and Tottenham Hotspurs winger Lucas Moura.
7. Santos FC Academy- Brazil
Football legend Pele came through Santos academy and went on to play for them for many years. They have continued to produce stars over the years including Barcelona striker Neymar, Diego, Robinho, Ganso, and Elano. A total of 270 youth players can be hosted at ago in the academy.
6. Academia Sporting- Portugal
Sporting Lisbon academy called Academia Sporting can be proud of producing five times World best Player Cristiano Ronaldo. He has won five Ballon d’Or awards and many expect him to win it for the fifth time in 2018 if he beats Liverpool in UEFA Champions League final. Manchester United has taken a lot of praise for giving the Portuguese a bigger platform to grow but the Lisbon academy gave him his first chance. Other stars from the academy include Luis Nani who also played at Old Trafford, former West Ham and Southampton defender Jose Fonte and Madrid legend Luis Figo.