Yeah he was great. I was very sceptical when he was bought as I thought they were trying to get him for Busquets position, but he turned out to be a great, almost perfect CB for Barcelona.
Truly impressive how he managed to evolve so quickly - not talking about position, but style. When he came he was throwing himself into tackles, clearing the ball blindly etc, but he was later much more calm and composed, while still aggressive. Great character and player.
[Futbolistas AXEM] New rules in the Youth Argentine National Team implemented by Javier Mascherano. Doing their homework and cleaning their boots. Now nobody serves them food, they do it themselves and collect the dishes after lunch. They study English on the premises and tidy up the changing rooms.
In addition, the boys attend workshops on communication and the use of social networks, measure their celebrations in public and greet their rivals. They have to clean their boots without the help of the equipment attendant. They read books during downtime at the airport.