Top 5 Homegrown players in Barcelona's history
Who are the best players to have graduated from La Masia?
#4 Carles Puyol
Puyol was Barca through and through - he never represented any other club in his career.
After impressing with the reserve team in the Spanish second division, Barca initially agreed to sell him in 1998 to Malaga, but the then 20 year old refused to leave after seeing his close friend Xavi get promoted to the first team.
He eventually was promoted himself, as Louis van Gaal handed him a debut the following year against Real Valladolid in La Liga. He went on to make over 593 appearances for them in all competitions in an incredible career spanning 15 seasons.
If Guardiola was the cornerstone of Barca's success in the 90's, it was Puyol in the 2000's. He took over as club captain after Luis Enrique retired in 2004, leading his team to six league titles and three Champions League titles.
He was easily one of the best defenders in the world during his playing career renowned for his rugged, no nonsense approach to defending. While La Masia is mostly known for producing technically adept midfielders, Puyol was on the opposite end of the spectrum.
He eventually retired in 2014 after a glittering career with 21 major honours, having captained his boyhood club for 10 seasons.