Champions League is the greatest title for any player - Barcelona's Javier Mascherano

Argentine midfielder claims winning the European Cup is the best achievement for any player and says his side dominated from start to finish as they bashed United
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has underlined the significance of winning the Champions League following their 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley.

Pedro opened the scoring before Wayne Rooney leveled for United. Goals from Lionel Messi and David Villa in the second-half wrapped up Barcelona's third Champions League title in the last five seasons. The former Liverpool midfielder was ecstatic after claiming Europe's most highly-regarded prize.

"To win the Champions League for any footballer is the top title," Mascherano told the press.

"We are really happy because we have beaten a fantastic team in Manchester United.

"We are delighted to have played the way we like to play, so it's really good for us. We try to play with having possession all the time and trying to play most of the game in the opposite half, playing well, and we did that."

At times it was simply no contest as United were often chasing their opponents.

"We had a lot of chances to score. We couldn't quite score all of the opportunities we created in the first-half, but in the second-half when we had the chances we took them," added Mascherano.

Despite being utilised at centre-back, the 26-year-old believes he coped well.

"Playing at centre-back has been a little bit of a strange situation for me because the last two-and-a-half months I have found myself playing there," he said.

"It's a position that is not my natural position, but I try to do my best and give my best to the team and I'm happy because we reached our target."

A final word was spared for former club Liverpool as he tried to rekindle relations with the Anfield side following his controversial exit last summer.

"I know Liverpool supporters after my exit were maybe a little bit disappointed with me, but I'd like to say this victory is for them as well," he concluded.

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