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Academy graduates from La Masia and La Fabrica who succeeded elsewhere

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La Fbrica (The Factory) and La Masia (The Farmhouse), Real Madrid and Barcelonas youth academies respectively, have been responsible for producing some of the best footballers over the years. Young footballers with potential are spotted and brought to reside at these academies while they are groomed to competeat the highest level.Products of La Fabrica, from Emilio Butragueno to Iker Casillas, have contributed to Reals sporting success throughout history.In 2010, La Masia achieved a record breaking honour of becoming the first youth academy to have trained all three finalists for the BallondOr---Messi, Iniesta and Xavi.While being selected to train at La Fabrica or La Masiais a big deal in itself, only a selected few are promoted to represent Real Madrid and Barcelona. Hereis a look at a few players who could not make the jump to the senior team but still went on to make a name for themselves elsewhere.

#1 Juan Mata

Mata joined La Fabrica at the age of 15 in 2003. He made swift progress throughthe junior teams and was moved to Real Madrid B in 2006. He stayed for one season and finished as second highest scorer for his team with 10 goals.

He had a release clause in his contract which was triggeredby Valencia in March 2007, where he instantlycarved out a place for himselfin the starting 11.

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Published 06 Aug 2014, 16:03 IST
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