Ten stars released as youngsters
Jordi Alba (released by Barcelona)
The Spain international started out at Barcelona's La Masia but was released in 2005, deemed not quite good enough to make it. He joined Cornella before being spotted by Valencia B. By the time he had broken into the first team under Unai Emery, forced his way into perhaps the finest international side in this history of the game, scored in the final of Euro 2012 and made Uefa’s Team of Tournament, Barcelona realised they may have made a mistake all those years ago and coughed up €14 million to bring him home.