FIFA World Cup: Midfield General Javier Mascherano Makes Final Dream Reality

While four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi carries the armband and provides the stardust, Javier Mascherano is the heart and soul of this Argentina side.

updated: July 16, 2014 17:43 IST
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Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi
If Messi leads by his example, Mascherano is the vocal leader.

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Rio de Janeiro: Argentina had to rely upon their leader and Barcelona star to squeeze past the Netherlands and reach their first World Cup final for 24 years, but it wasn't the one they expected. (Germany, Argentina start final tuning)

Javier Mascherano continued his fine World Cup with a last-ditch tackle deep into stoppage time to prevent Arjen Robben's goalbound effort from breaking the deadlock before Argentina prevailed on penalties.

"It was more my job. When Robben took a heavy touch, he lost a second, and I was able to make the challenge. I did what anyone would have done," Mascherano argued modestly afterwards. (Read: Germany not impossible to beat, says Maradona)

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