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8 La Masia academy graduates you probably did not know of

Arvind Sriram
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#7 Nayim

Nayim, Barcelona
Nayim moved to Spurs after a stint at Barcelona’s academy

One of the least popular names on this list, Mohammad Ali Amar, popularly known as Nayim, moved to the La Masia academy at the age of 12. He came through the ranks at the academy but found playing time limited at Barcelona and made a switch to Tottenham where he played some of his best football.

Nayim is best remembered for his hat-trick against Manchester City in the 1993 FA Cup quarter-finals. Overall he made 144 league appearances for the North Londoners before heading back to Spain to play for Real Zaragoza. His most famous moment as a player was his last minute 45-yard lob winner for Zaragoza against Arsenal in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Although Nayim has never played for the Spanish senior team, he did help the U-20 side win the World Cup back in 1985.

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