El Centrocampista

FC Barcelona: Five of the Next Generation from La Masia

Rafa Alcantara 

Age:  19

Credentials: 39 appearances for Barcelona B last season and like the other two has come through the Spanish Under 16, 17 and 19 youth sides.  Despite playing at under age level for Spain he has since stated that he wants to play for his native Brazil.

Brother of first team player Thiago, Rafa may well follow his sibling’s footsteps into the full Barcelona side sooner rather than later.  A number of top European clubs were rumoured to be interested in signing Alcantara last year, that was until he signed a deal which keeps him at the Camp Nou until 2014.  Like his brother, Rafa appears to be one of the potential stars of the future for Barcelona.  Also a midfielder he his style of play fits in well with Barca as one would expect having been through Barca’s famed youth academy, La Masia.

Future Barca first teamer?  Not as clear cut as the other two.  He has to get past the plethora of talented midfielders that Barca possesses, not least his big brother.

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