FC Barcelona’s La Masia is renowned for producing stars like Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Puyol and of course, Lionel Messi. La Masia has regularly churned out talented youth players who later went on to become well-established footballers. However, not all of them have been able to become stars. Here’s a look at the top 5 La Masia players who failed to live up to their full potential.
La Masia graduates who failed to live up to their full potential
Alcantara is a player possessing the flair like the Barcelona great Ronaldinho with the added ability to make killer passes, a trait embedded into every La Masia player. Thiago burst onto the scene in early 2010 and looked to become great at Barcelona. His performances in the succeeding friendlies were highly appreciated as he scored a great goal vs Manchester United in friendly. Thiago’s growth was stunted by constant injuries which stopped him from getting a good number of games, especially in the 2010-11 season. Thiago currently is playing for Bayern under Pep Guardiola and is currently injured with a knee injury.
Gai Assulin was the youngest player to play for the Israel national team at the tender age of just 16. He joined Barcelona at the age of 12 and a lot was expected from him. Assulin is good at dribbling and possesses a great ball control. However, his development was stunted due to injuries and joined Manchester City in 2010 after failing to make a single league appearance for Barca. Gai didn’t have much luck at city either and now plays for Mallorca in La Liga.
Giovani dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos was and is still now considered as a player who plays well for his country but fails to replicate the same performances for his club. Dos Santos had won the Bronze ball in the U 20 World Cup in 2007 and the silver ball in the 2005 U 17 World Cup and thus had a huge potential to fulfill at Barcelona however he managed to last for only one season before moving to Tottenham Hotspurs in 2008 where he played 15 PL games without getting on the score sheet once. Giovani currently plays for Villarreal in La Liga scoring 11 goals in 32 games.
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