Top 10 football academies in Europe
Every player, regardless of how much ever talent he has to start off at a youth academy and that is where he develops and evolves as player. A youngster learns all his tricks and traits at the academies and the quality of the academy he joins could prove to be pivotal for his career.
A good football academy molds and shapes up a player to be the next big thing in the world. This where a youngster learns the reality of the footballing world and the professionalism of the game. A starlet engages in a bit of significant football and develops a more genuine understanding of the game because of the youth team games.
Every player has to begin an academy and one day, graduate out of it.
#10 SL Benfica
Benfica is one of the big 3 in Portugal's Primeira Liga, besides Porto and Sporting. They are one of the leading teams in the senior scheme of things in Portugal and a part of the success that they have had can be attributed to the quality of players who have graduated from their academy and succeeded for them.
Benfica Juniores has produced a whole bunch of match-winners in the recent past, and many of them have made it big at the elite level. Two of Manchester City's star players in the form of goalkeeper, Ederson and midfielder, Bernardo Silva were produced by this academy.
Andres Gomes, Victor Lindelof, Joao Cancelo and Guncalo Guedes were also a part of the youth academy at Benfica. The current generation of Portuguese youngsters like Helder Costa and Renato Sanches have been brought by the Benfica's high profile academy.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica Juniors received the award for the best academy in 2015 and that shows the lofty standards that they have set for themselves.
Some of the top graduates: Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Andre Gomes, Joao Cancelo, Renato Sanches, Goncalo Guedes and Victor Lindelof