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Top 20 Best Soccer Academies in the World 2017
Academies are the lifeblood of the game in many respects. Whilst some teams look to create their own future stars, some rely heavily on their youth products in order to balance the books. Either way, for the teams who get it right, a productive academy can be crucial for long-term success. In deciphering which academies are the strongest, one must consider both the sheer volume of future professional players produced and the quality of those individuals.
The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a Swiss football research institute, analysed which clubs have brought the most youngsters through their ranks to top professional football.
Here are the top 20 academies in world soccer right now:
Portuguese giants Porto have a particular knack for buying promising young players and selling them for huge profit, recent examples include the likes of; Hulk, Pepe, Anderson, Falcao, Bosingwa and James Rodriguez. However, they have also created a number of talented players themselves.
Recent examples include Bruno Alves and Ruben Neves, the latter of which has already become a first team regular at the age of 18. Between 2003 and 2013, Porto made more than half a billion euros through player sales, a testament to the club’s fine youth and development work.