MASCHERANO SADDENED BY BARCELONA’S SITUATION

Javier Mascherano has spoken about the current situation at former club Barcelona for the first time as the Catalans continue to struggle to for form consistently under new manager Ronald Koeman in addition to the fact that the club is without a president after the Josep Maria Bartomeu-led board resigned some months ago.


A new president is expected to emerge at Barcelona later this month after the elections. Javier Mascherano talked extensively and expressively about the ongoing situation at Barcelona in a chat with Catalan media outlet Sport. Barcelona faithfuls still have to contend with the uncertainty over the future of best player Lionel Messi in addition to the ongoing situation at the club. Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is free to speak with foreign clubs over a move on a free transfer this summer. Manchester City, Inter Milan and PSG have all been linked with a free transfer move for the petite Barcelona superstar.

WHAT MESSI SAID ABOUT MASCHERANO’S RETIREMENT

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi acknowledged the impact of Javier Mascherano on both the Argentine national team and Barcelona via his message to him upon the announcement of his retirement from football last month. Messi was one of several high-profile players who sent a congratulatory message to Javier Mascherano on his retirement.
The Barcelona skipper sent a joint message to Javier Mascherano and Fernando Gago who also announced his retirement in November. Messi shared the Argentine national team dressing room with both Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano. According to him, they shared some happy moments and some difficult ones together.

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano played for both Barcelona and Argentina together for many years between 2010 and 2018. Javier Mascherano left Liverpool to sign for Barcelona in a €24m deal in 2010 as he teamed up with his compatriot Messi at the Nou Camp. He left Barcelona two years ago in the same summer that he announced his retirement from international football.
Javier Mascherano holds the record for the most appearance in the history of the Argentina national team after playing 147 times for the two-time world champions between 2003 and 2018. His record is under threat from Lionel Messi who has made 142 appearances for Argentina and he's showing no signs of weariness to suggest that the petite player would soon retire from international finally.

IS FABINHO ALREADY BETTER THAN MASCHERANO?

The Brazilian has already become indisputable for the Liverpool squad following his slow start to Anfield's campaign. He is now being compared to Javier Mascherano, a former Liverpool prodigy. It's difficult to be an unsung hero in this current Liverpool team, considering how the team has performed over the past two seasons; however, the Fabinho's rise to prominence and form has been outstanding.


Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, described the recent Brazilian performances as excellent. For Van Dijk, Fabinho is like an Inspector Gadget. While Pep Lijnders, Liverpool's assistant manager, calls him the 'Lighthouse'. Lijnders said that Fabinho's vision, timing, and calmness gives a different dimension to the team's midfield play.

Giuseppe Marotta says Lionel Messi to Inter Milan is fantasy football

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has acknowledged that it would be extraordinary to see Lionel Messi at the club but that would only happen in fantasy football. The Argentine has spent his entire career with Barcelona where he has won every trophy within reach while being named the Ballon d’Or on six occasions.

Italian journalist Luca Marchetti provides update on Barcelona’s pursuit of Lautaro Martinez

Italian journalist Luca Marchetti has said that Barcelona have not ended their interest in signing Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. The Spanish champions have been heavily tipped to sign the Argentina international since the beginning of the year but they have not made any progress in the negotiations with the Nerazzurri.

Napoli manager says Barcelona barely offered a threat at the Stadio San Paolo

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has expressed his satisfaction over the team’s performance during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Barcelona. The Serie A outfit took the lead through Dries Mertens in the 30th minute but the advantage was nullified at the hour mark with Antoine Griezmann scoring for the Blaugrana.

Scholes slams Brazilian midfield duo after United’s draw at Sheffield

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that the likes of Fred and Andreas Pereira must raise their game in order to stay in the Premier League for the long term. The Red Devils have struggled on their travels for most of the year and they recently settled for a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.


United found themselves 2-0 down before the hour mark of the clash but they managed to make a strong comeback with three quick goals in the space of seven minutes. However, that was not sufficient to hand them the victory after Oliver McBurnie scored an injury-time equaliser for Chris Wilder’s men.

Tottenham boss refuses to acknowledge interest in Paulo Dybala

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to confirm whether the club were looking to pursue the signature of Paulo Dybala during the recent transfer window. The Argentina international was earmarked as one of the prime targets for Pochettino alongside compatriot Giovani Lo Celso, but the north London side were only able to pursue the latter on a season-long loan from Juventus.

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