In today’s list we review eleven cases of players who were formed in the lower categories of a team and had a career in it to the point of looking like they would retire there. However, fate took another path and they hung up their boots elsewhere.
The former Spanish midfielder arrived at La Masia in 1991 and was trained there until 1998, when he was promoted to the first team of FC Barcelona. He was at the Camp Nou until 2015, at which point he decided to take an adventure at Al-Sadd until 2019 to become their coach.
The former Italian pivot was trained in the lower categories of AS Roma and made his debut with the first team in 2002, spending 17 years at the capital club until he played his last campaign (2019-20) at Boca Juniors.
O Rei landed in the lower categories of Santos in 1956, debuting with the first team the following year and staying with it until 1975. His last two years of career were spent in New York Cosmos, hanging up his boots in 1977.
The former Spanish midfielder trained in Lezama and made his debut in Athletic Club’s first team in 1998. In 2010 he decided to take some adventures in Al-Wasl, Olympiacos Piraeus and Baniyas before hanging up his boots in 2012.
The former Spanish midfielder trained at La Fábrica and made his debut with the Real Madrid first team in 1996. He spent practically his entire career in the merengue team, deciding to end his stage in 2010 to play a season and a few months of the second in the Besiktas.
The former Spanish goalkeeper landed at La Fábrica in the early 1990s and worked his way up to the Real Madrid first team in 1999. He stayed until 2015, where he took an adventure at Porto that lasted until 2020.
The former Spanish midfielder arrived at La Masia in 1984, rising through the ranks until 1991, where he began to be part of the first team. He spent a decade until 2001, trying his luck in Brescia, Roma, Al-Ahli SC and Dorados de Sinaloa before hanging up his boots in 2007.
The Spanish midfielder arrived at La Masia in 1996 and progressed through the ranks until he debuted with the first team in 2002. He was at Can Barça until 2018, when he decided to take a path that he continues to this day at Vissel Kobe.
The former English midfielder reached Liverpool’s youth ranks in 1989 and made his professional debut with the first team in 1998. In 2015 he decided to have one last adventure at the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he hung up his boots in 2017.
The former Spanish striker landed at La Fábrica in 1992, making his debut in 1994 and having a professional career at Real Madrid until 2010. Roller He is a white legend who could have played for a single team, but decided to dedicate the last five years to clubs such as Schalke 04 (2010-2012), Al-Sadd SC (2012-2014) and New York Cosmos (2014-2015).
The Argentine attacker arrived in the year 2000 to the lower categories of FC Barcelona. He has spent the 16 years of his professional career at the Camp Nou, after five in the formative stage.
After ending his contract in July without being able to renew or formalize a new one in August, everything indicates that he will go to another club.