1. Mascherano – Javier Alejandro Mascherano is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre-back for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Mascherano began his career at River Plate, where he earned his first senior honours and he moved to Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005, winning the Brazilian Série A in his first season. Mascherano then moved to Europe, signing for Premier League side West Ham United, at the beginning of 2007, he joined Liverpool on loan, reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League, before he signed with the club for £18.7 million. After three years playing for Liverpool, Mascherano joined Barcelona in 2010, where he changed his position of defensive midfielder to central defender. With Barcelona he has won four La Liga championships, two UEFA Champions League titles, and two FIFA Club World Cups, among other honours. Mascherano has made over 100 appearances for the Argentina national football team, making him the second-most capped player in the countrys history, after Javier Zanetti. Since his debut in 2003, he has represented the nation at five Copa América tournaments, finishing runner-up in 2004,2007,2015, and 2016, and three FIFA World Cups, reaching the 2014 final. He twice won a medal at the Summer Olympics, in 2004 and 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, Mascherano served as the captain of Argentina, born in San Lorenzo, Santa Fe, Mascherano came through the youth ranks at River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, before making his debut he made his name representing Argentina. Mascherano won his first silverware when River won the 2003–04 Clausura championship, in the 2004 Copa Libertadores River reached the semi-final, but lost on penalties to arch-rivals Boca Juniors. 2004–05 was not a season for River, finishing third in the Apertura Championship. In the Copa Libertadores River again lost in the semi-final, this time to São Paulo, after the Confederations Cup in Germany, Brazilian club Corinthians acquired Mascherano from River Plate for US$15 million. The Brazilian Série A runs from April, so Mascherano joined Corinthians in mid-season, after playing only nine games for his new club, in September 2005, Mascherano suffered a stress fracture to his left foot causing him to miss the end of the season. He went back to Argentina to be operated on by the National team doctor, however, Corinthians still claimed the 2005 Série A championship with the team captained by Mascheranos Argentine compatriot, Carlos Tevez. In total, Mascherano was out of action for six months, Corinthians were forced to start their 2006 Copa Libertadores without Mascherano, but he returned in time for the Round of 16 tie against River Plate, which Corinthians lost. The 2006 Brazilian Série A also went badly for Corinthians, in June, the league season was interrupted for the 2006 World Cup. However, hours before the northern summer 2006 transfer window closed, Mascherano holds an Italian passport due to his ancestryMascherano – Mascherano at the House of Government of Argentina in 2014.