During the summer, Barcelona splashed €57 million to sign 21-year-old Neymar from Santos. This was one of the rare times Barcelona looked to the transfer market for talent, due simply to the fact that their youth academy has produced some of the worlds greatest players, including four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and many, many more.
In fact, during the 2012/2013 season, the Catalan giants had several games in which all 11 players on the pitch came through this system. A feat few clubs don.
This system is not going anywhere anytime soon, with many young prospects from La Masia looking good to be apart of FC Barcelona's future. And, if Barcelona haven't produce some of the top talent, they certainly know where to find them.
Here's a look at five of the up-and-coming talents to don the jersey of La Blaugrana for many years to come:
The young Spaniard is becoming a household name, and its no wonder. Brought up in Catalonia, Tello began his career at Barcelona, but his talent was quickly scouted by neighbours Espanyol.
However, Barca re-signed him soon after to Barcelona's B team. Since promotion to the first-team, Tello has netted 15 goals. He may not be a goalscoring machine, but his style of play has moulded perfectly to the Catalan philosophy. If Barcelona can shrug off transfer speculation, and keep Tello at Camp Nou, he will surely play an integral part of La Blaugrana's future.
Compared to some of the worlds most creative and skillfull players, Gerard Deulofeu is yet another impressive prospect to have been developed by the Catalan youth system. He impressed during his time with the B team, and if it wasn't for the plethora of already developed attacking talent in Barcelona's ranks, Deulofeu wouldn't have been loaned.
However, during his loan time at Everton, he has impressed immensely, and managed a starting XI spot in Everton's game against Stoke City. If it wasn't good enough to manage a starting position at the tender age of 19, Deulofeu opened the scoring and found an assist. Impressive.
At the age of 22, Montoya has become a regular starter with the absence of the injured Jordi Alba and Dani Alves. He has shown that he has the capability of stepping up to the plate when called upon to do so, whether it be for the national side or for La Blaugrana.
He has participated in key matches for Barcelona, yet seemed to play and act like he was an experienced player. Montoya has showed many similarities to his Brazilian counterpart Dani Alves, and so naturally has higher expectations, which he has lived up to.
Again, because of the talent Montoya possesses, he is constantly linked with big name clubs looking for long-term young talent. Like Tello, if Barcelona can keep him in Catalonia, he will continue to impress and lead his team to success for many years to come.
As Puyol ages, Barcelona needed to look for a new centre-back that can work alongside Gerard Pique. Again, rather than look to the transfer market, Gerardo Martino gave the young Spaniard a chance for a position in the starting line-up, and ever since Bartra has failed to disappoint.
Martino has stated that "Bartra has solved Barcelona's centre-back problem" and if Bartra continues his stellar performances, he will remain in the starting XI for years to come.
The Spaniard has proven he can adapt to many situations, provide a target from set-pieces, and can be relied on in one-on-one situations. At the age of 22, if Bartra can continue developing at the rate he currently is, he will surely become an integral part of La Blaugrana's future.
The Malian is the latest product from La Masia. At 17 years of age, he is Barcelona's eighth youngest player to debut for the first-team. Traore has progressed through the ranks of the youth academy at a phenomenal rate, with each coach he has worked with taking note of his spectacular ability, pace, style and skill.
Adama made a quick impact when substituted, which is key if he is to become one of Barcelona's main men. Traore has great potential, and if he lives up to his expectations, he can truly become a spectacular player in the years to come.
FC Barcelona's La Masia has produced some of the worlds greatest talent throughout history, and has not declined since. These five players can become some of the world's best players in their respective positions if they continue developing at the rate they currently are.
If La Masia can continue producing talents akin to those mentioned above, and those who have already graced the world with their talent, Barcelona will continue to thrive in Europe.
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