Youth academies are a fundamental part of any football club as they help young players develop and potentially become good enough to command a big fee – which these 13 clubs have done successfully since 2015.
Some clubs are insistent that players in the academy are given a fair chance alongside their expensive recruits, whilst others loan and often sell their biggest talents in favour of a huge signing.
Clubs such as Ajax and Benfica focus heavily on their academy for both reasons, as they proudly introduce graduates into their team and accept that they could make a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs for a fee which would help them fund their entire transfer window.
We’ve listed the 13 most profitable youth academies worldwide since 2015 based on the transfer profit they’ve made from their star graduates leaving, with data from CIES Football Observatory.
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