Javier Alejandro Mascherano is an Argentine footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Liverpool and captains the Argentine national team.
Mascherano began his career in at River Plate. He earned his first senior honours in 2003–04, winning the Primera Division Argentina. He also won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Athens Games and finished runner up in the Copa America 2004. He moved to Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005, winning the Brazilian Serie A in his first season. Mascherano moved to Europe, signing for Premier League side West Ham United. However, unusual contract terms with Media Sports Investments blighted his brief time at the club and at the beginning of 2007 he joined Liverpool on loan.
He was runner up in the UEFA Champions League in his first season on Merseyside and again finished runner up in the Copa America with Argentina. He officially signed for Liverpool in February 2008 for 18.6 million, parting ways with Media Sports Investments. He won a second Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Beijing 2008 Games, the first male footballer to achieve this since 1928. He was appointed captain of the national team by new head coach Diego Maradona in November 2008 whom has repeatedly stated that his Seleccion is Mascherano and 10 more.
Javier Mascherano song
Jefe y patron (spanish)
Official Liverpool profile
LFChistory.net player profile
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