The top 25 greatest football academies in the world revealed – Ajax only 9th

The top 25 greatest football academies in the world revealed – Ajax only 9th

La Liga and Ligue 1 teams dominate the list for producing the best academy talents every year.

Barcelona's 'La Masia’ youth academy has been named as the greatest football academy in the world as per research from BettingOdds.com.

The study takes into account which academies have the most graduates playing in Europe’s top five leagues, with 38 La Masia products helping them dominate the charts.

PSG are second in the list with 33 academy graduates playing in the top leagues, while Real Madrid are third with 31.

Ligue 1 sides Olympique Lyonnais (25) and Rennes (24) complete the top-five greatest academies in the world.

Surprisingly the Ajax youth academy – which has produced so many iconic players over the years – are ranked at 9th place with 20 youth graduates playing in the top-five leagues.
Defending Champions League champions Bayern Munich don’t even feature in the top-25 list despite their dominance over recent years.
The 25 greatest football academies in the world (with players in top-five leagues)

Barcelona – 38

PSG - 33

Real Madrid - 31

Lyon - 25

Rennes - 24

Valencia - 23

Atalanta - 22

Chelsea - 20

Ajax - 20

Manchester United - 19

AS Saint-Etienne - 19

RC Lens - 19

Sporting CP – 19

AC Milan - 18

Athletic Bilbao - 17

FC Koln - 17

Manchester City - 17

Stuttgart - 17

Atletico Madrid - 17

Sevilla - 17

Roma - 17

Bordeaux - 16

AS Monaco - 16

Celta Vigo - 15

Benfica - 15
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