4 Real Madrid academy players playing in the Premier League this season
Over the past few years, the football academy of Barcelona gained universal recognition for the talents that they produced. The likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets are all products of the fabled La Masia.
These players helped Barcelona win countless trophies over the last decade and some of them are still doing the same. During Pep Guardiola's golden years at Barcelona, every media outlet gave the impression that the Masia was the academy that every club should aspire to have.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, were failing to catch up with their eternal rivals despite having a star-studded roster consisting mainly of big-name players bought for a lavish amount of money.
At that point of time, Real Madrid were sort of like the anti-thesis of how to use the youth academy. It was not that they didn't have great prospects at La Fabrica - the name of their academy - but the lack of proper chances never really allowed them to groom into first team players.
Right now, with Real Madrid actually dominating Europe with a team consisting of the perfect amalgamation of youth and experienced superstars, their academy players are also flourishing outside the club.
And here are the 4 Real Madrid academy graduates currently playing in the Premier League.
#4 Marcos Alonso
When he was at the Bernabeu, he wasn't really considered as one of the brightest prospects at the club. Marcos Alonso, however, did get to play for the first-team when Manuel Pellegrini brought him on as a substitute for Gonzalo Higuain against Racing Santander in a league match.
After that, in the subsequent transfer window, Alonso was let go to Bolton, where he didn't have the best of times. He was then snapped up by Fiorentina in 2013, but his connection with the Premier League didn't end there as he was sent off on loan at Sunderland.
He endured a relatively decent outing at the Stadium of Light, after which he was retained by his parent club for the following season. He continued impressing with his performances and became an important member of the first-team.
While Alonso was not really Antonio Conte's first-choice, he chose to bring in the Spaniard after failing to purchase his main targets. Alonso, however, had the faith of the Italian and repaid it with consistent performances in his first season that helped Chelsea win the Premier League.
And now, despite not being very technically gifted, he plies his trade as one of the most important first-team players at Chelsea.