Javier Mascherano has praised Pep Guardiola for redefining him into a new player following the 41-year-old's last match at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The Argentina international arrived in Barcelona two years ago from Liverpool, but initially struggled to break into the first team as a midfielder, with Sergio Busquets keeping his place as the side's anchorman.
However, Mascherano has recently been converted into a central defender, as he started last year's Champions League final alongside Gerard Pique, and he has thanked Guardiola for his redevelopment.
"There's a before and after Guardiola in my career. He turned me into a new player," Mascherano told reporters following the Blaugrana's 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.
The 27-year-old also took the time to applaud his Barca team-mate Lionel Messi, as his four-goal display against their arch-rivals saw him break Dudu Georgescu's record of 47 league goals in a single European season.
"Although he might not be human, it's good that Messi keeps on thinking he is. Leo is playing another sport," he concluded.
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