Okay, let me start here: this man, Javier Alejandro Mascherano, is the reason I loved and continue to love football. Albeit he’s not the flashiest, prettiest, quickest, silkiest and most skilful player there is, he has saved Barcelona’s arse more times that you’d care to believe and he does it all whilst being painfully underrated. He’s strong, he’s versatile, he’s there when we most need him, he’s a rock in defence, he is an absolute maniac in the tackle. He’s my favourite player. Happy birthday, El Jefecito.