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The evolution as a player of Lionel Messi has been analyzed from several points. But when the one who does it is someone who shared so many training sessions and games with him, it has more value. And if we are talking about Javier Mascherano, even more so. El Jefe, today coach of the Argentine U20 National Team, said that “Leo’s case is different, because he is a different player. The experience made Messi become a total player,Today he is able to record things that he could not when he was young, but he is still as decisive as he was then. The experience is useful to him, he has become a total player over the years “

Mascherano chatted with the official site of FIFA and explained his views on the weight of experience beyond the special case that Messi always is. “It is normal that when a player manages to acquire enough experience to realize all the things he must do on the court, the body does not allow it. At that point you see something you want to do but the body does not respond because the legs are slower, so most of the time the experience does not end up being of much use.

Messi celebrating his third goal in the hat-trick he scored in Argentina – Bolivia.

How Masche sees the National Team in Qatar

Impossible to talk to Mascherano and that the Argentine National Team issue is left out of the talk. “You see a good energy, a very united group that does things with joy and they are capable of transmitting it to the field. The team is in a good moment and manages to win, this logically makes the Argentine fan get behind the team, it seems barbaric to me. They have been playing good football for a long time and giving that feeling of a safe team that knows what it is doing”.

I think that having won the Copa América made the team loosen up and take off many ties that didn’t even belong to them, we had been dragging it from other generations. Having won it can be an incentive to have a good World Cup,” added Masche.

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In addition, the former Barcelona and Liverpool added: “Winning is just the icing on the cake. To conclude a process, the final goal must be to win, but I don’t want to be left alone with that. I am interested in how they did it, recognizing the path that the team traced is very important. It’s unfair to say that they only won, they did a lot of good things beforehand.”

The magazine of Argentina champion of the Copa América.

The magazine of Argentina champion of the Copa América.

Maradona’s legacy

Nor was the memory of Masche lacking in the figure of Maradona. “His legacy in football is the love of playing. He was a source of inspiration for many generations, including ours. In the end, the legacy is the love of the ball, beyond all the inconveniences he may have had in his life. It has been a great source of inspiration for us.”.​

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