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Mascherano explains how Tito told them he had to quit coaching

He narrates it in a story written in a solidary book

Mascherano explains how Tito told them he had to quit coaching
Mascherano explains how Tito told them he had to quit coaching

He narrates it in a story written in a solidary book

Mascherano i Tito Vilanova

Javier Mascherano is one of the players who participated in the solidarity book Pelota de papel, which collects 24 stories written by individual characters from the world of soccer, such as Jorge Valdano, Pablo Aimar, Angel Cappa and Jorge Sampaoli. The earnings of the book will go to Uruguayan and Argentine foundations.

Mascherano's tale is called "Eterno" (eternal) and, according to the newspaper Sport, it is the story of the day that Tito Vilanova announced to the squad that he had to separate from soccer because he was ill. Without referring directly to them, and using anonymous characters, Mascherano reminds "afternoon training session in one of biggest clubs in the world. The team of dreams, where everyone wants to play. But football, achievements and dreams don't really matter right now. Nothing makes sense, except the image of the man standing in front of his players, looking at him petrified, hardly hearing what follows the piece of news."

Mascherano reflects: "Why is this happening to him right now? A guy who waited for this place all his life..." and expresses his gratitude for the consolation of another character: "He asked you not to worry about him and that you carry on."

Seeing this story is not surprising that he and all his mates dedicate all their victories to him, looking at the sky.