Full Name: Adama Traore Diarra
Team: FC Barcelona
Position: Right Winger
Age: 16
Birth Date: 25th January 1996
Birth Place: Barcelona, Spain
Height: 1,78

You have probably heard about how Lionel Messi jumped through the youth teams at Barça and played for three different teams in one single season. It sounds quite extraordinary, but he is not the only player to do so. The latest one is Adama Traore, who also like many before him has been called the new Messi at La Masia. Adama started the 2011/12 season with his peers in Cadet A, before graduating to Juvenil B and then ending the season as a starter for Juvenil A.

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Among the many talents at FC Barcelona’s famous La Masia some go quite unnoticed. This was exactly the case for Adama during a few years as teammates like Fran Alvarez, someone Adama played with since he was 7 years of age, collected the glory as the next big thing. Lately however it’s been Adama who taken the spotlight in the much talked about and highly touted ‘96 generation at La Masia. With some incredible performances at Cadet A in 2010/11 including a stunning hat-trick against arch-rivals Espanyol, Adama more or less exploded in the coming 2011/12 season. After starting the season with Cadet A he would take on an important role with the club’s Juvenil B team mid-season before making an astonishing debut with Oscar Garcia’s Juvenil A. His debut was a 16 minute maste rclass in a game against Reus in which he proveded two assists to Dongou as the team were victorious in a 4-0 win. The Catalan boy with Malian roots has kept on impressing this season as part of the Juvenil A team even though he is two years younger than the majority of his teammates. He has featured in the NextGen Series this season starting as a bench player but quickly making himself indispensable to Jordi Vinyals’ team. His performances have made him one to watch even though he is one of the youngest in the tournament.

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Adama was born on the 25th January 1996 in Barcelona just meters from Camp Nou. He was born to Malian parents who had immigrated to the city during the 80’s. He started playing football at a very young age before joining FC Barcelona’s youngest team, Benjamin as a seven year old after already playing football at Florida and L’Hospitalet. Today, the Spanish U-16 international is a very disciplined and hardworking player. He is a master in one on one situations and very technical. He also possesses extraordinary speed, quite like the newly promoted FC Barcelona first team player Cristian Tello, which helps him create space away from his rivals with ease. During the last few seasons, Adama’s development in the Barça youth academy caught the eyes of coaches, scouts and spectators around Europe and Adama is without a doubt one of the most promising talents at the club.

See some of Adama’s highlights in the below video:


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