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madrista mark said (talk about hypocrisy and double-talk):
"I could pull up other lists from various youth teams and Barcelona may have more players than Real, so I suppose its arbitrary to say one is better then the other based off just call ups... I do think that having players called up is an important barometer of a cantera’s quality"

Which one is it, mark? And which is the more *important* call-up? Again, I think most would agree that a cantera's strength is its ability to show the development of top-class footballers, which means the *ultimate* call-up to represent your nation/club on the *senior* squad [see my previous post (La Seleccion:: Barca: 8; RM: 2...; Club:: Barca: 14,7(starters);RM: 6,2(starters)]. That alone is the only way to demonstrate full progression into a top-class footballer!

If you disagree that a cantera's job is to produce footballers capable of playing on the highest level, than I would say that's the reason you are left bragging about one U18 squad out of the entire national system and only two RM cantera starters in your current squad.

Before you laugh at the Barca-Almeria *draw*, I would simply remind you: Alcorcon 4-0 Real Madrid (you brought it up, not me)

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