There are a number of high-profile football academies around Europe, and one of the most prestigious is that of Sporting CP. The Portuguese giants have produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Paulo Futre. The academy has, however, also produced its share of misses as well. Here is a top-four list of Sporting Lisbon academy flops over the last little while.
Daniel “Dani” Carvalho
When Luis Figo was sold to Barcelona in the summer of 1995, the heir apparent to the wing was a very handsome looking youngster named Dani. Along with this looks, he also had talent however good looks and talent can be a very lethal combination. Not one for the rigours of training, Dani soon developed a bad habit of skipping training sessions and loved to stay out late. A loan move to West Ham soon followed however was short lived. Sporting, wanting to cash in on a wasting talent, sold him off to Ajax where he had some decent seasons however Dani never did establish himself as an undisputed starter. He moved onto a brief spell with Sporting’s cross-town rivals Benfica before landing with Atletico Madrid. He helped the squad move from the Second Division to La Liga however by 2003, with the talent severely diminished, he retired at the tender age of 27 years old.