Javier MASCHERANO has come out in support of Stuttgart midfielder Santiago ASCACIBAR stating that he will be important to the Argentina National Team.
The former FC Barcelona midfielder turned defender knows a thing or two about being successful. Winning five La Liga titles, two Champions League titles and many more trophies to his name, MASCHERANO is one of the best of his generation when it comes to his position.
Retiring from the Argentina National Team as the country’s most all time capped player with 147 matches, a replacement is needed. And Stuttgart may have that replacement for Argentina in the form of Santiago ASCACIBAR. Only just 21 years old, ASCACIBAR joined from Estudiantes and has received praise from MASCHERANO himself.
Speaking with the Bundesliga’s official website, here’s what MASCHERANO had to say:
“I’ve always identified with this type of player. I really like his style of play. Ascacibar seems to me to be a great player. If he keeps improving he’ll end up being a very important player in European football and also for the Argentina national team.”
The Stuttgart midfielder has commented saying he still has a long way to go in achieving what MASCHERANO did.
“I’m still a long way from achieving what [MASCHERANO] did. You have to start from the ground floor and work your way up.”