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Report: Manchester United Greatest Premier League Representative For Academy Players In Champions League

Paul Pogba's inclusion boosts both Manchester United and the nation of France way up the list.
Paul Pogba's inclusion boosts both Manchester United and the nation of France way up the list.

It’s... the Chaaaamm-Pyanns! We’re Group Stage groupies at the moment with the return of the world’s premier club football competition and the primitive stage of the Champions League has already provided the thrills and spills, the greatest coaches, clubs and players going toe to toe for one of the most desired prizes in sport. While much attention has been on the billions of bunce spent in pursuit, instead BettingOdds.com has used the opportunity to praise the teams that have developed the best and brightest.

We’ve taken a look at every single one of the 887 footballers that make up the 32 teams who have entered the main competition of the Champions League to see which clubs and nations have benefitted the competition the most by producing the most players from their respective academies.

The four competing Premier League teams - Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - have produced a combined 43 players from their academies who are currently competing in the 2021/22 Champions League, across the competition, equating for 4.85% of all participating footballers. Of these, 28 have remained at their club from whose youth system they graduated (3.16% of all participating players). Youth systems in England, across the board, have produced 73 players in this year’s competition, the fourth-highest nation, with an 8.23% contribution.

Surprisingly, despite much made of them possessing the two most expensive players on the planet in Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain have contributed the most players from their elite academy, with 22 (10 still at the club), or 2.48% of all footballers in the competition at present. The greatest representative from England is none other than the three-time European champions Manchester United, in 9th place, with 13 academy graduates across the Champions League (Percentage in Competition: 1.47%). The Red Devils also have the third-highest amount still within their ranks, behind Dynamo Kyiv and Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The results were compiled from data taken from UEFA and Transfermarkt. Take a look at our unique angle on the Champions League participants below.

The information is presented as follows:

  • Youth Systems That Have Produced The Most Players For The 2021/22 Champions League (By Club)
  • Youth Systems That Have Produced The Most Players For The 2021/22 Champions League (By Nation)
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Youth Systems That Have Produced The Most Players For The 2021/22 Champions League (By Club)

CLUB NUMBER OF PLAYERS STILL AT CLUB PERCENTAGE IN COMPETITION
1. Paris Saint-Germain 22 10 2.48%
2. Ajax 18 10 2.03%
3. Barcelona 16 7 1.80%
4. = Dynamo Kyiv 15 13 1.69%
= Sporting CP 15 8 1.69%
= Benfica 15 5 1.69%
7. = Shakhtar Donetsk 14 9 1.58%
= Real Madrid 14 4 1.58%
9. Manchester United 13 11 1.47%
10. Zenit Saint Petersburg 12 12 1.35%
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Youth Systems That Have Produced The Most Players For The 2021/22 Champions League (By Nation)

nation number of players percentage in competition
1. France 91 10.26%
2. Spain 84 9.47%
3. Germany 78 8.79%
4. England 73 8.23%
5. Brazil 72 8.12%
6. Portugal 56 6.31%
7. Italy 54 6.09%
8. Ukraine 46 5.19%
9. Netherlands 43 4.85%
10. Switzerland 30 3.38%
11. Belgium 27 3.04%
12. Argentina 25 2.82%
13. Sweden 19 2.14%
14. = Austria 18 2.03%
= Russia 18 2.03%
16. = Croatia 14 1.58%
= Turkey 14 1.58%
18. = Denmark 11 1.24%
= Uruguay 11 1.24%
20. Serbia 10 1.13%
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