March 8, 2012 Leave a comment
Barcelona have a such a conveyor belt of talent, they’ll just keep producing quality youngsters. It’s not like Barca get 12/13 year olds from South America or anything. In Spain, all the best players end up at Madrid or Barca because there are no distance restrictions and they can recruit from all over the country. They use that to their advantage while English clubs use their own laws to their advantage when signing foreign youngsters. Didn’t Barca in effect “poach” Messi from his Argentinian club at a very young age because Barca offered him an expensive hormone treatment that his Argie club couldn’t offer? If anything, grabbing 12-13yr olds is probably worse than 16-17 academy level players. Do Barca tap young players up? Of course. Kids from all over Spain and the occasional little lad from Argentina. They can go fuck themselves. Get over it Barca. Anyone who thinks signing a player at 16 when he has no contract obligation is poaching him is seriously deluded.