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5 La Masia graduates Barcelona will struggle to replace

Jidonu Mauyon
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FC Barcelona v Club Leon - Joan Gamper Trophy
Xavi the metronome, one of the best players ever to play at the Nou Camp

Some great footballers have played for FC Barcelona and quite a number have made it from the club's famous La Masia academy.

Some of these homegrown stars have achieved a lot at the club and the Blaugrana will find it difficult to replace them once they retire or leave the club.

This is almost a tradition, as the departure of any star in Barca is followed by the rise or introduction of another, such is La Masia's importance to the club's Més Que Un Club (More Than A Club) culture.

Barcelona has always replaced their departing idols, which is one of the reasons why the club has been so consistent in Europe. At times, the replacement is usually in the team before any prospective departure.

However, winter is coming and the homegrown core of the club's recent successes are gradually slowing down and replacing them will be difficult.

The Catalans are yet to find a suitable replacement for metronome Xavi who left for Qatari club, Al Sadd in 2015.

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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