Barcelona youth team console crying opponents

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Sportsmanship has almost become a forgotten trait in the modern day, not just in football, but sport in general.

A handshake at the beginning and end of every game is about as good as it gets in this era where winning means so much to everyone involved.

Well Barcelona's Infantil B side has restored our faith in humanity with an incredible reaction to winning the World Challenge Cup last weekend.

The team, made up of 12 and 13-year-olds, beat Japanese side Omiya 1-0 in the final of the competition in Tokyo.

Rather than crazily celebrate their triumph amongst themselves, they consoled their understandably upset beaten opponents.

The video below has gone viral and rightly so. This is the sort of thing we should be seeing on a much more regular basis than is currently the case.

Each Barca youngster made the effort of hugging and reassuring each player from the Japanese team, which in fact actually makes their achievement more impressive.

Being so magnanimous in victory is no easy skill to teach, never mind actually applying it, but Barcelona's famous La Masia academy prides itself on improving their young hopefuls as people as well as players.

And it is safe to say the next generation have already made quite an impression on the world before their professional careers have even begun.

Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are just a few of the big names to have graduated from the Catalan giants' youth setup so there is no shortage of role models who went through the exact same process the current Infantil B team are going through and came out on the other side.

And providing their performances on the pitch continue to match their behaviour off it, they could very easily follow in the footsteps of Messi and co. in the not too distant future.

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