When Barcelona gave up on signing Cesc Fabregas in 2010, they went out and brought Javier Mascherano. It felt like a consolation prize for their supporters, who had missed out on the jackpot. Instead of the jewel in Arsenal’s crown, this was a cog in the Liverpool machine. An important cog, and an intelligent player good enough to become a success at Barcelona, but not the prodigal son who would come home a year later.
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