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    Will the Lagos Academy Produce Soccer’s Next Messi?

    Being a professional athlete doesn’t necessarily mean being naturally talented. It requires work, consistency, sacrifice and teamwork. All of these values are taught at academies like FC Barcelona’s, which launched the careers of stars like Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi. Today the club is expanding its influence in Africa and giving boys and girls from all over the world the chance to become professional players. Far from only teaching technical aspects of the sport, these schools impart a philosophy and way of understanding soccer — which is essential for success.

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