Mascherano celebrates after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout during the World Cup semi-final. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Barcelona fans enjoying Javier Mascherano's brilliant World Cup performances in midfield for Argentina have probably been asking themselves the same question -- why doesn't he play there for us?"It was Mascherano and 10 others," former Argentina captain Diego Maradona said after Wednesday's semi-final victory on penalties over the Netherlands.Although his teammate Lionel Messi has been grabbing most of the headlines, the tireless Mascherano has been perhaps the best performer in his position at the World Cup and is a calm and reliable presence at the heart of the Argentine team.Against the Dutch, he made more touches of the ball than any team mate (104) and has played all 600 minutes of Argentina's six matches in the tournament.
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