FC Barcelona’s official social media accounts have come under fire for a recent post on Ronald Araujo.
Shortly after the defender’s contract extension, Barcelona had published a post across all social media platforms, with graphics reading: “Made in La Masia”
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, that post appears to have created a bit of controversy in Uruguay.
They are angered by Barcelona claiming Araujo a product of their youth academy, arguing the defender had primarily learned his trade in his native Uruguay before making the jump to Spain.
A native of Rivera, Araujo had indeed played the majority of his youth career in Uruguayan, notably joining the professional club Rensistas in 2015, at the age of 16.
The centre-back went on to make his debut aged 17. He played 14 competitive matches for Rensistas before joining Boston River in the summer of 2018.
Araujo plied his trade at the highest division of Uruguayan football during his time with Boston River, making 31 competitive appearances, earning quite a reputation for his defensive qualities.
Barcelona eventually came calling in the summer of 2020. The defender initially joined Barcelona B, which is a separate entity from La Masia.
While the Catalans have no doubt helped Araujo take his defensive game to a whole new level, he was primarily a product of the Rensistas youth academy while the player even played for Boston River for a time.
As such, the post has created much controversy in his native Uruguay. Many footballing groups across the country have been quick to point out the facts, dubbing the centre-back a product of the Rensistas youth academy.