Barca’s La Masia youth academy has produced many talents for the world football village but there are many players who fail here.
Barca can be proud of the La Masia training furnace that has produced many of the best footballers in the world, such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Puyol, Guardiola. However, the famous academy Barca also has many cases of very unfortunate failures.
The most unfortunate case to mention is Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian striker was not given the opportunity to play in the first team, although no less talented than anyone. Icardi then moved to Sampdoria, before shining in Inter Milan and was only pushed to PSG because of a conflict with the coaching staff.
While on loan at PSG, Icardi still showed the instinct of an assassin, scoring 20 goals in 28 appearances. Earlier, Icardi also contributed 124 goals in 219 matches with Inter Milan.
The case of Giovani dos Santos is different. The Mexican was named the new Ronaldinho and was given 37 chances to play for the first team Barca. However, Dos Santos’s career went downhill after leaving Barca. He made his trip to Tottenham at the age of 19, but was mostly on loan during nearly four seasons playing in England.
After that, Dos Santos wandered to Real Mallorca and Villarreal before moving to LA Galaxy when he was 26 years old. Last year, the 30-year-old returned to his homeland to wear Club America.
Oriol Romeu’s case is also very unfortunate. The tall Spanish midfielder who was highly regarded in La Masia never got first-team football because Barca already had Busquets. Later, Romeu trip to Chelsea and also failed, only stable when playing for the mid-range team Southampton.
Jeffren Suarez’s story is even more tragic. The Venezuelan winger once shone at the Super Classic match against Real Madrid, but an injury that caused his career to fade so quickly.
Jeffren was forced to leave Barca and wander through Sporting Lisbon, Real Valladolid, Eupen, Grasshoppers, AEK Larnaca and now Slaven Belupo. No matter which club he is, Jeffren still can’t recover his form to help him score against Real Madrid.
Isaac Cuenca is another case of losing his future in Barca due to injury. After suffering a serious knee injury at the age of 22, Cuenca had to move to Ajax on loan and gradually disappeared on the European football map.
Meanwhile, the story of Adama Traore is in conflict with the Barca coaching staff, although the winger’s talent is highly appreciated. At the age of 19, Traore decided to look for opportunities in England and the reward is excellent performance in the Wolves shirt.
Some other unfortunate cases of the La Masia kiln include Marc Muniesa, Jonathan Soriano, or Gai Assulin. They are all talented players and may have shone at another club, instead of competing for first place with Barca’s star-studded squad.