Javier Mascherano

The Argentine centreback cum defensive midfielder is a legend of the game. His tackle to deny Robben a goal in the Semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup guaranteed a place in the finals. A playing career that has spanned for 15 years saw him reach unbelievable heights with Barcelona post Puyol’s retirement. A midfielder by trade he played as a centre back for them and cemented his legacy at Camp Nou. He left Barcelona after 8 prolific seasons and had a fruitful spell with Liverpool before that.

Mascherano has played 143 times for Argentina and will break the record of Javier Zanetti as the most capped player of Argentina. The midfield general will have his task cut out and help his captain Messi and his nation to a third World Cup victory.

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