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The four first team captains all came through La Masia/ PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona is the best club in Europe when it comes to producing players according to French newspaper L’Équipe. The prestigious publication has highlighted a report by the CIES Football Observatory which concludes that the blaugranes have produced more players than any other club in Europe’s top five leagues. The figure stands at 43, 13 of which still currently play for FC Barcelona – evidence that La Masia brings results.

The study centres on the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish Leagues and looks at players who have spent three years at one particular club – not necessarily consecutive – between the ages of 15 and 21. Furthermore, the player has to have appeared in the league at least once since the beginning of the season, or at least once in each of the preceding two seasons with the first team of a professional club.

In the ranking FC Barcelona are followed by Manchester United (36 players), Real Madrid (34), Olympique Lyonnais (33) and Paris Saint-Germain (32).

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