The Top 10 Youth Academies in World Football

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The Top 10 Youth Academies in World Football
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Seven-year-old Northampton schoolboy Kai Fifield had a trial with the Barcelona academy in July 2011.

The football academy is the first step in any player's development toward the top of their game.

The vast majority of players have come through the ranks after having their potential spotted as schoolchildren.

Northampton seven-year-old Kai Fifield was even given a trial with the Barcelona Academy after having a kickabout near the Camp Nou, as reported by The Sun in July 2011.

Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have all progressed from youth academies across the world.

Here we look at the world's best academies for young players.

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