No doubt everyone has had ‘the talk’. You know the one. The one about where babies come from. Well, when it comes to Europe’s two biggest football clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, there is the assumption that there is an endless conveyor belt producing new babies, er, footballers.
Barcelona or Real Madrid?
It got us thinking. While La Masia and La Fabrica, (as far as we know it, and we’ll be honest, we don’t know much about it) haven’t started artificially breeding the future perfect players, there is still a lot of work that goes on in the background at both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
So, with that in mind, we had a look at what the result might be if we crossed both academies to find the best XI…
GK: Luca Zidane
In this case, just this once, we can probably forgive nepotism.
Luca is a promising goalkeeper, who at 18 has a bright future.
RB: Alvaro Tejero
Predicted to have a promising future as a Real Madrid regular, the 20-year-old has featured in Zidane's Champions League squad already this term.
He's drawn comparisons to Sergio Ramos, though perhaps that is too early...
After all, he hasn't dropped a trophy.
CB: Rodrigo Tarin
Or 'Rodri' to his friends.
Fans will be happy to know he puts as much effort into his football as he does styling his hair.
On a serious note, Barcelona have a hell of a talent on their hands and still only 20 he's close to being the complete centre back.
CB: Alex Salto
A proper 'salt of the earth' guy (we'll stop now). The 19-year-old definitely has first team potential and has already trained with the senior squad this season.
LB: Marc Cucurella
He's 18 and a typical Barcelona left back really.
Spanish, fast, good on the ball, gets in scoring areas. Basically a winger.
Scratch that, put him somewhere vaguely on the left and have him do what he wants.
DM: Oriol Busquets
Could easily be the younger brother of Barcelona regular Sergio (not that you would openly admit it) however the 17-year-old isn't related.
Being groomed to take over in the same role and could be as equally effective.
CM: Federico Valverde
You just know he's going to be good, from the sound of his name.
The 18-year-old Uruguayan jumped at the chance to join Real Madrid in the summer and big things are expected.
CM: Carles Alena
Ever wondered what the result would be if you could clone Barcelona legends Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez at the same time?
Just watch this guy in action.
ST: Borja Mayoral
Currently gaining valuable first team experience at Wolfsburg, Real Madrid have no intention of selling the 19-year-old who has flourished in their academy.
Striker: Lee Seung Woo
South Korean for those wondering, at 18 Woo is already earning rave reviews.
While many players have been given the label 'the next Messi' this guy has earned it.
Already broken the academy goal records at Barcelona set by the Argentinian.
Striker: Sergio Diaz
Whoever discovered this guy, give them a pay-rise.
Arguably the most complete striker to play in the academy, this 18-year-old Paraguayan simply has everything.
Capable of displacing Cristiano Ronaldo in time, Diaz oozes talent.
Doesn’t look like a bad team. Academys out in Spain just make England’s look like total villagers. Before every match, the national anthem is played, and there’s more decorum between the youngsters than a day out at Wimbledon.