Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas’s 2014 World Cup dreams may have been over long ago, but the Spain international hopes that two of his former Barcelona teammates can realise theirs tonight.
Both Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are expected to start for Argentina in the final against Germany at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, and both have been backed by Fabregas ahead of the big game.
Fabregas played for Barcelona for three years between 2011 and 2014 after leaving Arsenal. The 27-year-old won La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each during this period, but he was still considered dispensable and sold to Chelsea earlier this summer for a reported transfer fee of £30 million.
Three of the current Arsenal players are also in action tonight, as Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski all are on the verge of history.
Fabregas was on the books of the Gunners between 2003 and 2011, and it may come as strange to some why he is not wishing the German trio any luck. That's probably because he did not play with them at the Emirates Stadium.
Tonight’s match between Germany and Argentina promises to be a very entertaining one and could go down as a classic.