It has been calculated that Real Madrid have earned a whopping €245m from selling academy players over the last ten years.
The famous La Fabrica (which translates as ‘The factory’ in English) has produced current first-team players for Los Blancos such as Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vasquez and Nacho.
But even those who don’t quite make it at senior level at the club can still prove to be a hugely valuable asset to Madrid as many of them are sold for a huge profit.
Spanish outlet AS have worked out that the €245m raised is more than bitter rivals Barcelona’s still impresive €155m, although Madrid are still behind their cross-town neighbours Atletico, who have earned a titanic €305m from their underage structure in the last decade.
Some of the most famous names to have come through the Real Madrid academy include legendary striker Raul, goalkeeper Iker Casillas, central midfielder Guti and ex-Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, amongst a number of other famous faces.
Recently Madrid sold defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente to Atletico for a fee of £27m to add to their academy profit, while Lucas Vazquez and Nacho could well both leave the club this summer.
With such a profitable youth system, it is no wonder that Madrid have the funds to spend so much money on more established senior players.
Just this summer they have broken the €300m mark with the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.
And they may well not stop there either, with manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly keen to bring in fellow countryman Paul Pogba from Manchester United , who is valued at around £150m.
But although Madrid may find it easy to sell some of their youth players, they are finding it more difficult to get Gareth Bale out of the door.
The Welshman, who earns a reported £350,000-a-week at the club, has so far not attracted any interest from clubs around Europe, and Madrid are desperate to try to find a buyer to get his astronomical earnings off the wage bill.