11-Year-Old American Soccer Prodigy Heads To FC Barcelona's Academy

By Meera Dolasia on June 4, 2011

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Every young soccer player dreams of being part of a world class soccer team - In April, 11-year old Southern Californiaresident, Ben Lederman came one step closer to fulfilling his, by becoming the first American to be offered a spot for a two-year training program at FC Barcelona's Youth Academy.

The invitation-only La Masia academy, is considered to be one of the world's best soccer training schools. Some of its most famous alumni include FC Barcelona midfielders Andre Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez and also, the team's forward Lionel Messi.

Ben was first spotted by the Spanish coaches in the spring of 2010, when his team FC Barcelona Penya, Los Angeles  competed and won against the academy's team. His performance impressed the coaches so much, that in April of 2011, they invited him to try out for a spot at the soccer school.

The youngster whose style of play and ball control skills have been compared to Andres Iniesta, did so well, that he was immediately offered a two-year stint to train with them.

This of course does not guarantee him a spot in the team or even an extension after his initial two-year training period is up - But, it is definitely a step in the right direction and very exciting for the young prodigy who lives and breathes soccer and has been ardent fan of the four-time European champions, since he was a toddler!

Resources: thedenimkit.com,rivals.yahoo.com, east-sports.com, barcelonausa.com

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  • anton9/28/2014
    how did you make it i want to be in the academy
    • Cole Marshall9/25/2014
      Messi da bossest soccer player
      • sports dude9/22/2014
        how did he make it?
        • soccer dude9/19/2014
          Cristiano Ronaldo is way better than messi
          • Rosa4849xgria9/18/2014
            this is awsem!
            • nickson360
              nickson3609/11/2014
              MESSI IS BOSS AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT!!!!!!!
              • sebasstian9/8/2014
                I whant to be just like messi go fc bar
                • KDawg9/3/2014
                  i'm a champion at soccer like him :)
                  • gurgle
                    gurgle9/1/2014
                    I'm in the a team for nz auckland im even better than that guy but he has an amazing talen
                    • andre406442
                      andre4064428/27/2014
                      very good

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