MASCHERANO ASKED TO PICK BETWEEN LIVERPOOL AND BARCA

Javier Mascherano may not be recognized as one of the best players in the world of football during his playing days, but he played for two of the best clubs in the sport and not a lot of players can boast of that fact. Having also played with some of the best players around him at not just the two clubs but also for his country Argentina, he was able to win a couple of titles during his brilliant career as well.

AGUERO, A GOOD SIGNING FOR BARCELONA

Sergio Aguero is potentially a good signing for Spanish giants Barcelona according to former international teammate Javier Mascherano. Retired Argentine midfielder played with Aguero at national team level for several years and he knows all about his quality.Javier Mascherano talked about Aguero and Barcelona in a recent interview monitored by English publication HITC.

Javier Mascherano believes that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has a high possibility of staying at the club with the signing of Aguero. Messi has a few weeks left on his Barcelona contract but club president Joan Laporta is confident that the club captain will sign a new deal with the Blaugrana.

MASCHERANO SAYS LA LIGA TITLE RACE IS QUITE TIGHT

The Spanish La Liga will have an entertaining end to the current season, with the heavyweight clubs all engaged in a rat race to clinch the title this campaign. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Atlético Madrid are all in the running to end the season as League Champions and it is expected to be a cracker before the season finally comes to an end.

Real Madrid have had a strange season that has seen them suffer a couple of injuries to several of their star players this season, and all credits to them for still being in contention to lift the title. Their captain Sergio Ramos, has been a part of the list of players to have suffered different injuries, including Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Lucas Vasquez, Marco Asensio, and so on. This lest is a long one, and while some of these players have returned from their injuries, others have not.

MESSI LIKELY TO REMAIN AT BARCELONA - MASCHERANO

The speculations surrounding the future of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi keep growing like a huge cloud over his head and it continues to keep the club's fans worried and in the dark. The captain's long-term stay at the Camp Nou is still under huge question and it is believed that he will no longer spend more years at the club.

However, there is still a large section of fans who believe that he may well still be at the club for more years to come despite the continued rumors and speculations.
The fact that the Argentina international superstar attempted to leave the club at the end of last season is enough reason to be scared of losing the legendary attacker as a Barcelona fan, but there could be a glimmer of hope to hold on to, with a couple of people now coming out to reiterate that Messi could still remain at the club.

MASCHERANO INSISTS FORMER TEAMMATE MESSI IS STILL IN GREAT FORM

Former Barcelona player Javier Mascherano has insisted that his ex-teammate Lionel Messi is still in outstanding form this season despite the saga that clouded his future in the summer. The former Argentina international midfielder said Messi has not allowed the saga to affect him and has put in great performances on the pitch as if it never happened.

Dani Alves urges Lionel Messi to stay put at Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves believes Lionel Messi should stay put with the Catalan giants beyond the current campaign. The Argentine has been with the Blaugrana throughout his career, but he had looked for a way out during the summer. However, the hierarchy declined to release him for the final year of his contract and that meant that Messi had to remain with the club.
Messi has yet to show any intention of signing a fresh deal and reports have claimed that he may head for the exit door when his contract expires in June next year. Speaking to RAC1, Alves said that the six-time Ballon d’Or is as huge as the club’s badge and is hopeful that the 33-year-old stays put at the Camp Nou.


He told: "Messi is as great as the badge of Barcelona. But as he could see that everything around him was a disaster, it's understandable that he wanted to leave. I told him not to leave Barca. When the club was trying to get rid of me I told him so and he said to me 'Don't go, where could you go that is better than here?'. I told him the same thing (this summer). He didn't reply but I know that he got the message."

MASCHERANO SADDENED BY BARCELONA’S SITUATION

Javier Mascherano has spoken about the current situation at former club Barcelona for the first time as the Catalans continue to struggle to for form consistently under new manager Ronald Koeman in addition to the fact that the club is without a president after the Josep Maria Bartomeu-led board resigned some months ago.


A new president is expected to emerge at Barcelona later this month after the elections. Javier Mascherano talked extensively and expressively about the ongoing situation at Barcelona in a chat with Catalan media outlet Sport. Barcelona faithfuls still have to contend with the uncertainty over the future of best player Lionel Messi in addition to the ongoing situation at the club. Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is free to speak with foreign clubs over a move on a free transfer this summer. Manchester City, Inter Milan and PSG have all been linked with a free transfer move for the petite Barcelona superstar.

WHAT MESSI SAID ABOUT MASCHERANO’S RETIREMENT

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi acknowledged the impact of Javier Mascherano on both the Argentine national team and Barcelona via his message to him upon the announcement of his retirement from football last month. Messi was one of several high-profile players who sent a congratulatory message to Javier Mascherano on his retirement.
The Barcelona skipper sent a joint message to Javier Mascherano and Fernando Gago who also announced his retirement in November. Messi shared the Argentine national team dressing room with both Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano. According to him, they shared some happy moments and some difficult ones together.

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano played for both Barcelona and Argentina together for many years between 2010 and 2018. Javier Mascherano left Liverpool to sign for Barcelona in a €24m deal in 2010 as he teamed up with his compatriot Messi at the Nou Camp. He left Barcelona two years ago in the same summer that he announced his retirement from international football.
Javier Mascherano holds the record for the most appearance in the history of the Argentina national team after playing 147 times for the two-time world champions between 2003 and 2018. His record is under threat from Lionel Messi who has made 142 appearances for Argentina and he's showing no signs of weariness to suggest that the petite player would soon retire from international finally.

IS FABINHO ALREADY BETTER THAN MASCHERANO?

The Brazilian has already become indisputable for the Liverpool squad following his slow start to Anfield's campaign. He is now being compared to Javier Mascherano, a former Liverpool prodigy. It's difficult to be an unsung hero in this current Liverpool team, considering how the team has performed over the past two seasons; however, the Fabinho's rise to prominence and form has been outstanding.


Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, described the recent Brazilian performances as excellent. For Van Dijk, Fabinho is like an Inspector Gadget. While Pep Lijnders, Liverpool's assistant manager, calls him the 'Lighthouse'. Lijnders said that Fabinho's vision, timing, and calmness gives a different dimension to the team's midfield play.

Giuseppe Marotta says Lionel Messi to Inter Milan is fantasy football

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has acknowledged that it would be extraordinary to see Lionel Messi at the club but that would only happen in fantasy football. The Argentine has spent his entire career with Barcelona where he has won every trophy within reach while being named the Ballon d’Or on six occasions.

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