In La Liga Santander A total of 478 players are registered, and MARCA analyzed the origin of each.
The vast majority come from the youth team of the club, moving on to the first team.
299 from Spain
The number is distributed as follows: from 478, out of 29 Spanish teams, 299 were compiled from all different levels.
Some of them are foreigners who get to the first team, like Lionel Messi although more than 90% are Spanish.
Others from 37 countries
There are up to 179 players who come from another country. A total of 37 countries whose clubs contributed to the footballers in LaLiga Santander.
Most of them are from Europe, Brazil and Argentina. France is the country in which the majority of foreign players are 28, followed by Argentina with 25 and Portugal with 15.
There are also countries that attract attention, such as Macedonia (Dimitrievo region), Honduras (Choco Lozano from Girona) or Benin (Gena Getafe).
There is a difference between the players who come to the first team in one club to others, who seek to succeed in another. For example, Fernando Calero, who was a young player in Valladolid, and then went to Malaga B before returning to the Castilian team.
Another similar situation is with Jordi Alba and Barcelona.
This also happened to the players who left Spain: Yuri, who was trained in the lower levels of Athletics, but went to Tottenham before returning to Spain.
Real Madrid dominates
The reigning European champions provided the majority of LaLiga footballers with a total of 30. Among them, such as Parejo, Karvahal or Cheryshev.
Madrid is followed by Athletic with 29 (Munyain, Inaki Williams, Arbilla or Iraizoz), and Barcelona is third with 25 (Busquets, Messi, Tello or Sandro).
Everyone has homegrown talents.
The 20 LaLiga Santander teams contribute at least one player with Eibar (Ander Capa) and Leganes (Postigo) – the only clubs that contribute.
On the other hand, more prolific youth teams from the second division, such as Malaga with nine (including Fornals), Mallorca with eight (Asensio among others), Zaragoza with five (such as Vallejo) or Sporting and Deportivo with four players.