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Name Javier Mascherano
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc Javier Mascherano began his career as a snarling defensive midfielder and became one of the best in the business after his move to ​Liverpool in 2007. One of the most underappreciated players in Barcelona’s recent history, Mascherano successfully made the transition from midfield to defence, forming a rock-solid partnership alongside Gerard Pique and making his lack of height seem relatively inconsequential

Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Player Hebei China Fortune
  Barcelona FC

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] It’s the best trio I have seen. To say we will see nothing like it again, you never know. The most surprising thing is that they complement each other so well and each one of them brings us something different. That they get on so well and don’t let egos get in the way is not easy, it’s not easy to share the limelight the way they do. They do it naturally and modestly. They mark the way forward for the team. If the stars get on so well then it is up to the rest to follow that example

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] You notice the vibe between them on the pitch. Egos are an important issue, and it’s not something we see with these three. They manage their egos really well for the benefit of the team

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano speaks about Lionel Messi’s importance to the squad as they look to qualify for Russia 2018] It would have been a sin, something very sad, to not see him playing in the Argentina shirt. It would have had consequences for the team and impact at the global level. Fortunately, everything has been resolved in a normal way with [Messi’s] return to the squad. We need to move on [from the Copa America final defeat] to achieve the goal of qualifying for the World Cup. We must look ahead because in less than a year we will know whether we will be going to Russia or not

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano reveals his latest three-year contract extension agreed this week will be his last term] This will be my last contract here, I can tell you that. I hope I am remembered as a good person, and to be able to go back to Barcelona in 15 years and say hello to the fans, to have the doors open at a place I have been for so long. The titles are in the trophy case, but when this finishes it is the person who remains. I am delighted to stay in this house that has been my home for the last six years. It is the club at which I have spent the most time and that makes me happy, it is obviously a cause for great pride. It is not easy to stay so long in such a competitive, demanding club, my goal for the future is to maintain their trust

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano speaks about his time at the club after announcing he will be leaving to play in the Chinese Super League for Hebei China Fortune] Well, honestly, I was here much longer than I thought I would be. I knew I was coming to a place where it was going to be difficult to get playing time. And I came with the mindset of, let’s see if I can have the chance to win something in Europe

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano on Lionel Messi] The rest of us are controlled by football; Leo controls the game

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[Mascherano reflects at the start of 2019, six months after that 4-3 defeat spelled the end of his international career] Maybe I should have left [the national team] after the final with Germany and everything was the colour of roses. But I am not like that. I wanted to keep playing for the national team. I accept that because football is like that: from one day to another everything can go from good to bad. Football has given me much more than I deserved

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano back Messi to return to Argentina National Team] Anything can happen in the world of football and it depends on his desire to play in Argentina. There’s also the family aspect when he decides to live over here. These are personal issues and no one else can influence them. If he decides to come here in the future, it’d be a huge jump in quality for our league and the country

[Mascherano received a hero’s welcome in his homeland after joining Estudiantes back in November] [My return] would be nothing compared to Leo. He’s the best player in the world

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Mascherano admits to snubbing Beckham & MLS expansion side Inter Miami for Estudiantes return] I was analysing different offers and the one from MLS seemed very interesting at the time, but in the end I chose to play in Argentina where I started my career. It was no secret that I was close to signing for Inter Miami, I mean it was almost a done deal but things can change very quickly and at the end I chose Estudiantes de la Plata

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano says Messi is from another planet!] Whenever I refer to Leo I say the same thing. In football there is decision making and execution. Most players make good decisions, but they don’t execute them in the best way or the other way around. And he normally does both. And at the speed with which he plays, it’s different. In addition, Leo knows how to control and that allows him, within a game, to have seven, eight or ten important chances, at 100%. That is his ability to dominate the game. Normally, the game dominates us all. It takes you, you carry out different actions, because the rival or the game invites you to that. In the case of Leo, it is the other way around: he decides what to do or not to do with the game. So he’s from another planet.

[Mascherano is showing no sign of slowing down, but is approaching his 36th birthday and admits he may not have long left before heading into retirement] I don’t know how easy or difficult it is to come back three or four months without playing, but my mind [is made up] to keep doing it

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Mascherano hoping for Neymar return at Barcelona as he dreams of MSN reunion] The other day, I watched the final in Berlin again and what the three up front created was impressive, Neymar, Suarez and Messi. Each of them had a position in the team, the pressure after losing the ball and control. They added a lethal edge to our play. I hope Ney returns to Barcelona and they play together. It would be so nice for the club and the fans

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano discusses Lionel Messi’s qualities] Whenever I refer to Leo I say the same thing. In football there is decision making and execution. Most players make good decisions, but they don’t execute them in the best way or the other way around. And he normally does both. And at the speed with which he plays, it’s different. In addition, Leo knows how to control and that allows him, within a game, to have seven, eight or ten important chances, at 100 per cent. That is his ability to dominate the game. Normally, the game dominates us all. It takes you, you carry out different actions, because the rival or the game invites you to that. In the case of Leo, it is the other way around: he decides what to do or not to do with the game. So he’s from another planet

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Javier Mascherano says Klopp has made Liverpool a complete team] The team that continues to surprise me with the evolution it has had is Liverpool. It is clear that Klopp has put it together in his image and likeness. I am 10 years behind, I see how we played with that Liverpool team it was nothing like what I see today. I have been following Klopp since he coached Dortmund, which was a pressing team similar to what Liverpool does today but now he has added a way to spread out the play, when before it was much more direct. That evolution is what I like because, in the end, it ends up being a more complete team