Messi, neymar and Fabregas celebrating a goal

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Barça’s history is all about having a taste for good football. The club has always striven to produce attractive play in accordance with its non-negotiable philosophy of putting goalscoring ahead of any kind of defensive tactics. The club’s style of play is all about taking the initiative, playing the ball rather than waiting for it and always looking for the opposition’s goal.

This has been helped by Barça having been home to some of the greatest strikers the game has ever known: Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona and, more recently, Ronaldinho, Eto'o and currently Leo Messi. But the club has always combined these global superstars with home-bred footballers, products of its own academy. La Masia, the residence for young footballers created in 1979 and around which the entire youth system is based, has made an invaluable contribution to this. In fact, in the 2009 Champions League Final, Barça had no fewer than seven locally raised players in the side: Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta, S. Busquets and Messi.