Javier Mascherano is Argentina’s top defensive midfielder with clutch plays in the final games leading up to the World Cup final against Germany. Watch the video above to see some of his best highlights.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Has the Highest Pass Completion Rate of the World Cup
This World Cup could very well be Mascherano’s last and history is against him since Argentina has been knocked out in the past two World Cups by Germany.
2. He Plays Alongside Argentine Teammate Lionel Messi on Barcelona
In 2010, Macherano transferred from Liverpool to FC Barcelona with a 4-year contract worth $32.6 million.
He told Barca TV:
The truth is it’s a dream, it’s a great joy.”
Mascherano is almost as passionate about Barcelona as the Argentine national team and decided in August 2012 to sign an extension with the club to keep him there until at least 2016.
3. He Has the Most Tackles in the 2014 World Cup
The Argentine defensive midfielder has 28 tackles going into the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making him the top tackler of the tournament.
Macherano is a top player on the team and is known for his clutch skills. In the semifinals against the Netherlands, it was Mascherano who stopped Arjen Robben from scoring before the shootout.
4. He Makes $8.1 Million a Year
The Argentine midfielder makes about $8.1 million a year on Barcelona not including his endorsements.
5. He is Married to Fernanda Moreno
Mascherano is married to Argentine bombshell Fernanda Moreno. Fernanda is 30 years old and the couple has two little girls together.