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Mascherano praises ´leader´ Messi

15 August 2012 18:24

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has labelled Lionel Messi crucial to his country's chances of winning the 2014 World Cup.

Messi has been shortlisted among the top three candidates to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

Mascherano is confident his countryman holds the key to inspiring their side to winning the 2014 World Cup.

"Inside us, we all think of Messi as our leader," the former Liverpool midfielder told Argentine publication Clarin. "Who else could it be, but the best player in the world?"

"Coach Alejandro Sabella believes we are capable of inflicting more damage to our opponents, certainly greater than the amount we can suffer.

"We are capable of fielding four players who are very direct at any time, including (Angel) Di Maria.

"Given the selections available to Germany at the moment, however, they must be one of the best teams, certainly only behind Spain. The match will prove to be an important test."

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Competition
Friendlies
Date
15 August 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Commerzbank-Arena (Frankfurt am Main)
Attendance
48808

Goals

0 - 1
45'+1 S. Khedira (OG)
0 - 2
52' L. Messi
 (assist by G. Higuaín)
0 - 3
73' Á. di María
 (assist by S. Agüero)
B. Höwedes 81'
(assist by M. Götze) 
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