8 Superstar Real Madrid academy graduates you probably did not know of
- Some real gems from the Real Madrid academy have represented teams like Chelsea, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and even Barcelona!
Real Madrid have had some amazing stars come out of their youth academy, La Fabrica. While it is not as renowned as La Masia, there have been some truly world class footballers like Raul, Casillas, Guti and Alvaro Morata who have all graduated from the ‘factory’.
However, Los Blancos have lost out on some incredible homegrown talent over the years. Some players after being let go by Real Madrid made their fortunes in another league while some of them even went on to become club superstars for arch rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Without much ado, let us look at 8 superstar Real Madrid academy graduates you probably did not know of:
#8 Javi Garcia
Zenit St. Petersburg star Javi Garcia honed his skills at the Real Madrid academy, but the defensive midfielder was let go by the All Whites in 2009 after making 15 appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga.
The Spaniard soon made a name for himself as one of the game’s best enforcers in Portuguese side Benfica before Manchester City secured his signing in 2012. Garcia enjoyed successful spells at both Benfica and Manchester City where he won the League titles at both places.
Currently playing for Zenit, the 30-year-old is an integral member of the Russian giants and he has even won the Russian Premier League along with the Russian Super Cup at his present club. One of the few players to win a League title in 4 different countries (Real Madrid, Benfica, Manchester City and Zenit), Garcia is one of the most successful Real Madrid academy graduates in recent times.