About Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano was born on 8 June 1984 in San Lorenzo, Argentina. He plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
Remarkably, Mascherano won his first cap for Argentina before he had made his professional debut in club football. His displays for Argentina’s U20 and U23 sides earned him his debut in a friendly against Uruguay on 16 July 2003.
Mascherano made his professional debut at club level later that year with River Plate. He won the 2004 Clausura with the club before moving to Corinthians in 2005 for a fee of $15 million. With Corinthians, Mascherano won the 2005 Brasileiro Serie A.
Ahead of the 2006-07 season, Mascherano moved to West Ham, along with compatriot Carlos Tevez. He spent just half a season at the club before moving to Liverpool. Mascherano spent four seasons at the Merseyside club, making 139 appearances. Until then, Mascherano had been used predominantly as a defensive midfielder.
Mascherano signed for Barcelona on 28 August 2010 for a fee of €24 million. At Barcelona, Mascherano was deployed at centre back, and partnered Gerard Pique in defence in Barcelona’s 2011 Champions League final win over Manchester United. In the 2014-15 season, Mascherano’s side won the European treble, taking his trophy count with the club to twelve.
Mascherano was a member of Argentina’s Olympic teams to win Gold medals the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Since making his debut in 2003, he has made over 110 appearances for the national team, appearing in four Copa Americas and three World Cups.