21 Facts About Javier Mascherano

1. Javier Mascherano moved to Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005, winning the Brazilian Serie A in his first season.

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2. Javier Mascherano made 147 appearances for the Argentina national team and is the second most capped player in the country's history.

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3. In total, Javier Mascherano was out of action for six months, only returning on 5 March 2006.

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4. Javier Mascherano holds an Italian passport due to his ancestry from Sicily.

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5. Javier Mascherano is analysing and thinking about the game in each moment.

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6. Javier Mascherano was voted Liverpool's man of the match by the fans on the official Liverpool website.

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7. Javier Mascherano scored his first Premier League and Liverpool goal on 15 March 2008, with a 20-yard strike against Reading.

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8. Javier Mascherano admitted the improper conduct charge levelled at him, but appealed against the further two-to-three-match suspension.

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9. On 30 August 2010, Javier Mascherano passed his medical to complete his transfer to Barca, and told Barca TV, "The truth is it's a dream, it's a great joy.

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10. On 28 May 2011, Javier Mascherano started alongside Gerard Pique in the 2011 Champions League final against Manchester United at the Wembley Stadium.

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11. On 26 July 2012, Javier Mascherano signed a contract extension with Barcelona, keeping him with the Catalan giants until 2016.

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12. On 27 July 2016, Javier Mascherano signed a new contract with Barcelona, which would keep him at the club until 2019.

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13. On 26 April 2017, Javier Mascherano scored his first and only goal for Barcelona, a penalty kick in a La Liga match against Osasuna.

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14. On 15 November 2020, Javier Mascherano announced his retirement as a professional footballer.

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15. In December 2021, Javier Mascherano was named manager of the Argentina under-20 team, taking over the side in early January.

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16. In January 2004, Javier Mascherano joined up with Argentina's Olympic team for the South American Pre-Olimpico tournament in Chile.

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17. On 8 June 2008, Javier Mascherano received his first red card for the national team after receiving two yellow cards in a match against the United States.

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18. Javier Mascherano captained Argentina during the 2011 Copa America on home soil, but the team were defeated by Uruguay at the quarter-final stage.

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19. Javier Mascherano asserted himself vocally, especially during the knockout rounds, where the media described him as Argentina's best player after Messi's prolific scoring stagnated after the group stage.

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20. In stoppage time, Javier Mascherano tore his anus making a goal-saving slide tackle on Arjen Robben.

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21. In May 2018, Javier Mascherano was named in Jorge Sampaoli's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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