Javier Mascherano announced his retirement from professional football in La Plata students and the messages of his ex-colleagues flooded social networks. Carles Puyol, with whom he shared the field in Barcelona, praised the ‘Little Boss’ and assured that in the future he will be the coach of the Argentine National Team.
“I’ve always thought that Argentina lost a great central although by style, and by the quality of his forwards, it was also logical that Masche played there 5 to comb the area. That function always embroidered her. By the way, I saw the final of the World Cup between Argentina and Germany. The organization invited me to deposit the trophy on the Maracanã grass. I was one of the few who went with Argentina. By Masche and by Leo. What a pity “, said the former defender about the fall of Albiceleste in Brazil 2014, but added:” Who knows. Maybe Javier will take revenge one day as a coach. Because do not hesitate. There is a technician there. A leader, a winner, a guy with character, a great communicator. “
In a very emotional letter in the media ‘La Vanguardia’, Puyol also referred to his feelings when he met him: “Javier Mascherano was without a doubt one of the most professional players I met throughout my career. Winner and committed, I realized as soon as he arrived that his way of understanding football coincided with mine. Masche, that’s what I always called him, felt like a team player and that’s how he behaved. He put collective goals before personal brilliance, virtue with which I identify myself “.
The 2010 world champion in South Africa recalled Masche’s arrival at Barcelona: “Personally, I remember that his arrival had a de-stressing effect for me. At that time we had central problems and their high performance in a district that was not theirs in principle meant a liberation for me. When I couldn’t play because of an injury I felt bad, but when Masche settled down, his performances were excellent and that gave me peace of mind. “