For over 30 years, La Masia, possibly the best youth academy in the world, which was an 18th-century country farmhouse, has been the heart of Barcelona’s legendary academy production line. La Masia might help hone the skills of Barca’s young footballers, but it can’t create exceptional talents such as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta unless the brilliance already exists. The truth is that Barcelona has a golden generation of utterly exceptional footballers. La Masia helps complement their talents, but it’s not responsible for them. They can find the talent, they can control the development of the players but no academy can “create” Messi, possibly the most skilled footballer ever. Messi, Xavi and Iniesta break the mold as footballers.
In the 56th minute of the Copa del Rey final against Athletic
Club Bilbao on May 30, 2015 first captain Xavi Hernández was subbed on for
second captain Andrés Iniesta. Stepping foot on the Camp Nou pitch for
his very last home game with FC Barcelona.