According to a study by the International Centre for Sports Studies, Ajax have trained more footballers who are currently plying their trade in top-division European leagues than any other club in the rest of Europe.
CIES recently presented a map of the top 100 clubs who have trained the most players in 31 European leagues. In which Ajax came out on top by producing 77 players. Manchester United’s Daley Blind Galatasaray Wesley Sneijder are a few example.
Ajax place a lot of emphasis on youngsters from their youth system days. As a result, they get to play with the senior team from a younger age resulting in better development. Since they are producing quality young players, they does not have to spend large chunks of money in transfers.
The Dutch giants narrowly edged Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade, who trained 74 players. Just like Ajax, they follow the same trend by placing huge emphasis on youngsters. Barcelona are a distant third with 57 players.
The world doesn’t need to know about Barcelona’s training academy with the Catalan’s producing stars like Cesc Fabregas, Gerrard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Andries Iniesta, etc. Many suggest that the Catalans have the best academy in Europe. However, the recent study proves that is not the case and Ajax are well ahead of them.
The seventh one is the surprising of the lot with Real Madrid who have 47 players playing in top-division’s of Europe. When the Galacticos are known for only buying proven players from other clubs, this stat comes as a surprise.
France’s Ligue 1 had the most clubs in the top 100 with 12. While just the three English clubs are in the top hundred. Manchester United, 18th on the list has 39 players, Arsenal, 28th on the list has 33 players and Manchester City, 71st on the list with 23 players. The data tracked teams where players trained for at least three seasons between the ages of 15 and 21.
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