FC Barcelona currently remains in first place in La Liga with greats such as Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta. While they and others may be around for some time, a new generation is gradually replacing these players.
The following slideshow is dedicated to the candidates who are poised to become the next stars for La Blaugrana.
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Gerard Deulofeu is a member of the Barca B squad who was born in 1994. He participated in the Infantil, Cadet, Alevi, Benjami and Juvenil of La Blaugrana.
According to Francesc Tomas of ESPN, Deulofeu has lethal dribbling skill as one of his attributes. Deulofeu participated in the Copa del Rey match against Alaves last November.
If Deulofeu keeps practicing in the Barca youth club, he may be a future star.
According to the FC Barcelona website, Sergi Roberto has the ability to be the next Barca star. The website praised Roberto's work ethic in the midfield and his strength.
Marc Muniesa: FC Barcelona vs. BATE Borisov
Marc Muniesa is a versatile defender in all areas of the field especially when in possession, according to the FC Barcelona website. Muniesa participated in La Blaugrana's matches against Osasuna and Hamburg SV.
Cruyff believed that Ajax would be helpful in Muniesa's career. It appears that for the time being, Muniesa will be a new generation player at Barca.
Jonathan Dos Santos at FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad
Dos Santos participated in events such as the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup for Barca. He was part of the Barca squad in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Cristian Tello will forever be linked to the UEFA Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen on March 7, 2012. During this match, Tello scored the two goals that gave La Blaugrana a wide lead over the Germans.
During the current La Liga season, Tello scored three goals, prodiced two assists and had nine shots within nine matches (via ESPN).
La Blaugrana were so impressed with Tello that they signed him until 2016.
Marc Bartra is a defender who has left his mark in covering areas such as full-back according to the FC Barcelona website. Bartra has been compared to Gerard Pique.
Bartra participated in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga matches for Barca. But while Barca praises Bartra, Goal.com did the opposite in their review.
Goal.com criticized Bartra for his shooting, heading and discipline. Bartra will receive more opportunities in Barca as his game matures.
Oier Olazabal will be a household name with FC Barcelona in the years to come. Olazabal is the latest goalkeeper to join the ranks of Barca.
Olazabal may be one of the principal goalkeeper if (as reported by Goal.com) Victor Valdes decides not to renew with Barca. The YouTube video from FC Barcelona announced that Olazabal renewed his contract with the club until the end of 2015.
Martin Montoya was praised by the FC Barcelona website website for his skills as a defender. The player is also lauded for his passing and crossing abilities.
Francesc Tomas of ESPN wrote in his article that Montoya may eventually replace Dani Alves. Tomas mentions Montoya´s ability to achieve a balance between attacking and defending as one of the main reasons why.
Tomas gave Montoya high marks for the the defender's work ethic.
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