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‘Complete Messi’ owns football, according to Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano spoke in awe of his erstwhile teammate at both international and club level, describing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner understanding of football as unique.

Lionel Messi owns the pitch, and he will play till he likes, says Mascherano.

Both Messi and Mascherano, asides being international teammates for years, played together at Barcelona for eight years.

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Alongside Messi, Mascherano won 19 major trophies at Barcelona, and at the international level, they both were part of the team that won the 2008 football Olympics gold medal for Argentina and the Albiceleste team that came second at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking of the diminutive footballer, who has established himself as one of the greatest players of all-time, with a record six Ballon d’Or awards and numerous standards set in terms of goals and assists, Mascherano said, his potential would allow him to play till he likes.

“Leo is going to play until he wants to,” the former Liverpool midfielder speaking to TYC Sports via AS

“The understanding that Leo has of the game is unique. That gives you the potential to play until the age you want. For this reason, it depends less on your physical attributes, as the understanding is in the head.”

He continued, “We all know what he is going to do {on the pitch} however, he always ends up being free. It’s a crazy thing, he owns the game.

“He has become the complete player… the other day he created all the goal opportunities against Valencia.”

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Barca’s sacking of erstwhile manager Ernesto Valverde midseason has been tantamount to ridicule in some quarters of the club, as many lambasted club’s leadership for the public search of a new manager.

Former club captain, Carles Puyol hailed Ernesto Valverde with the way he composed himself during those periods.

Puyol, as quoted by Marca“I thank Valverde. For me, he has done very well. I remember my early years [at Barcelona] which were very complicated, going five years without winning [a trophy].

“Valverde has won two league titles in two years, leaves the team top [of LaLiga Santander], qualified for the last eight of the Champions League, in the Copa del Rey, and he’s out.

“I have to thank him as a Barcelona fan for everything he has done and for his behaviour.”

While Iniesta described the situation as ugly, Mascherano observed that it was strange to see a manager sacked at the Camp Nou midseason.

“It is difficult to see Barça remove their manager in the middle of the season… it is yet another challenge for the team, for the group, to turn this situation around, but it is in their hands,” the 35-year-old midfielder now with Estudiantes added.

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