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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  • camWednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:07 am
    MESSI and RONALDO are better.
    • gcalionmessi04
      gcalionmessi04Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:26 am
      i wanna be like this kid
      • Nike1823Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm
        MESSI & CR7 are both excellent players their both good and i dont know why people say one is better then the other.
        • l.messiMonday, September 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm
          i agree jullius
          • jullius Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm
            messi is better
            • ashgreninja
              ashgreninjaSunday, April 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm
              i agree
            • l.messi Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm
              i agree jullius
              • jullius Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm
                messi is better.
                • DABKIDSunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:32 am
                  congrats kid
                  • RandomGuyMonday, June 6, 2016 at 6:06 am
                    • 2345678910Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

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