No academy in world football has a reputation quite like Barcelona’s La Masia – and for good reason with the likes of Gavi and Alejandro Balde starring for Xavi’s table-topping side today.
That inevitably means that amateur scouts are looking at the youth team players emerging, keen to declare they’ve found the next Gerard Pique or Sergio Busquets before they’ve even made their first-team debuts.
There have been numerous examples of teenagers that have garnered plenty of hype that they couldn’t possibly live up to. Here are nine Barcelona wonderkids that were predicted to make it at the very highest but have since been forgotten.
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