Club Social Parque of Argentina has been touted as the most successful football club in the world much more than the famous Barcelona academy La Masia.
La Masia has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Pique, Jordi Alba and Pep Guardiola but that does not compare to Club Social Parque.
The Argentina based Club Social Parque has its coaching centre based in downtown Buenos Aires and it is claiming to have an even better record than any academy in the world.
Head scout Ramon Maddoni boasts he has produced more than 200 top stars who have played for the top European teams, and the Argentina national team.
To mention a few, Argentina legends Diego Maradona, Pablo Sorin, Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez are alumni's of the academy.
“At Club Parque, we work a lot on the fundamentals, the technique. We recognize talent from a young age and our eye has been sharpening with time,” said Maddoni, head scout at Parque and at the Boca Juniors club children’s division.
“We’ve discovered more players than La Masia.”
The 75-year-old coach says his players went on to play with Argentina’s national team, local and Europe’s top clubs.
The coach says he current crown jewel is Benjamin Palandella, a 7-year-old who has already caught the eye.
“Benjamin is different from the group,” Maddoni told Associated Press.
“He can pass with his back turned, he uses both legs. I see some of Riquelme in the way he moves the ball. I see some of ‘Carlitos’ Tevez, in how he uses his hands and leans backward… He’s different.”
Former players who spoke with the Sun say that the secret to Parque is Maddoni’s eye for spotting young talent which is unrivalled any where in the world.
Maddoni forces his players to practice skill sets in reduced spaces and imperfect surfaces where kids learn how to react faster, giving them a competitive advantage when they eventually reach large professional fields.
Club Social Parque was founded in 1949 when two smaller clubs made up of newspaper delivery men and factory workers merged in the neighborhood of Villa del Parque.