September 24, 2022

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La Masia dropout who failed to shine with Barcelona

La Masia is a Barcelona football school academy which is famous for producing talented players. Examples include Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets and many other players. The Blaugrana rely heavily on La Masia players to achieve achievements in European leagues and tournaments through this academy.

Until Barcelona had made history for the first time in fielding eleven players, all of whom were graduates of the La Masia academy when they faced Levante in 2012. However, over the past few years, La Masia graduates have no longer always been Barcelona’s mainstay in navigating the league or tournament competition in Europe, even Barcelona often make expensive transfers to achieve glory again.

Meanwhile, players who graduated from La Masia who are not relied on by Barcelona, ​​inevitably have to find another club to be their next stopover.

1. Sergi Samper

Sergi Samper (instagram.com/sergisamper)

Sergi Samper is a player of Spanish nationality and is a graduate of La Masia who plays as a midfielder. However, Sergi failed to prove his ability and was often hit by a storm of injuries, in addition, Sergi was loaned to Granada and Las Palmas for two seasons, because he failed to get a place in the Barcelona first team.

Until the loan period ended and returned to Barcelona, ​​Sergi still did not get a place in the Barcelona squad. While at Barcelona, ​​Sergi only played for 23 games and his career with Barcelona had to stop after he decided to join Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

2. Bojan Krkic

Bojan Krkic and Lionel Messi (instagram.com/bokrkic)
Bojan Krkic and Lionel Messi (instagram.com/bokrkic)

When he appeared, Bojan Krkic was predicted to be the successor to Lionel Messi, because his playing style, posture and speed resembled the Argentine superstar. Bojan made his debut for Barcelona when he was only 17 years old in 2007 and in that season Bojan managed to collect twelve goals from 48 matches played.

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However, from year to year, Bojan’s performance began to decline so that Bojan was loaned to AS Roma, AC Milan and Ajax for three consecutive seasons. Until Barcelona finally released Bojan permanently to Stoke City, during five seasons at Stoke City, Bojan was only able to score fifteen goals from 82 matches. Then, he moved to Major League Soccer (MLS), however, his career did not last long in MLS, until finally he decided to join Vissel Kobe until now.

3. Xavi Simons

Xavi Simons (instagram.com/xavivismons)
Xavi Simons (instagram.com/xavivismons)

The young talent from the Netherlands, Xavi Simons received a negative response from Blaugrana fans in 2019. Because the La Masia dropout player is considered to prioritize a high salary by joining PSG rather than renewing his contract with Barcelona. Previously, Simons was the captain of the La Masia team and won the Youth Ballon D’or four times, therefore, Simon was an important future player for Barcelona before finally choosing to join PSG.

However, while at PSG Simons also did not get many opportunities to compete. Simons has only played ten games out of three seasons with PSG. Until finally, he decided to rejoin his home country, the Netherlands to join PSV.

4. Ilaix Moriba

Ilaix Moriba (twitter.com/IlaixMK)
Ilaix Moriba (twitter.com/IlaixMK)

Ilaix Moriba made his Barcelona debut at the age of eighteen. After his debut match, Moriba continued to be given the opportunity to play by Ronald Koeman and finally Moriba managed to score his first beautiful goal against Osasuna. He received praise from Blaugrana fans and was predicted to be a big Barcelona star.

However, Moriba surprised Barcelona fans after deciding to join Leipzig after failing to agree a contract with Barcelona. Leipzig had to pay 22 million euros or around Rp334 billion for the worderkid, however, while at Leipzig Moriba struggled to get a main position and only played six games in the first half of the season. Until finally, Leipzig decided to loan Moriba to Valencia because of his unsatisfactory performance.

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5. Riqui Puig

Riqui Puig (instagram.com/riquipuig)
Riqui Puig (instagram.com/riquipuig)

In 2018 when Barcelona played the second leg of the last 32 of the Copa Del Rey, Riqui Puig made his debut after replacing Sergio Busquets in the 55th minute. In his debut match, Puig contributed one assist and has an interesting playing style so that Blaugrana fans have high expectations of the Spanish-born player.

However, Riqui Puig’s ability has not developed and his performance is considered to be still the same as when he first made his debut. In addition, he also rarely gets a place in the main squad and is even skipped with his juniors who are often in the starting eleven. Until finally he decided to join LA Galaxy on a triple contract, Puig was brought in on a free transfer and Barcelona had 50% of the sale.

In addition to the names above, there are still many players who dropped out of La Masia who failed while in Barcelona’s uniform. Like Gerard Deulofeu, Carles Alena, Jeffren Suarez and Giovanni dos Santos, these players were judged to have failed because the fans had too high hopes and burdened the players themselves.