"This is incredible. Not in my most beautiful dreams could I have imagined a season like this." Enthused 30-year-old defender Javier Mascherano, having achieved Champions League victory for the second time with Barcelona, acknowledging winning the treble with the Catalan giants is a spectacular achievement.
In comments made after winning the Champions League final in Berlin, via AS, the Argentine star admitted that despite the 3-1 score, Juventus had been tough opponents to beat, recognising: "We had to go through some difficult moments, but now we're delighted to be a part of history at this great club."
Offering further analysis, Mascherano explained: "We started the game well, but they got themselves back into it. We then had to suffer a bit, but we have great movement amongst our players, especially in midfield and attack, which is what makes the difference for us."
Following his brief stint with West Ham United, the closest Mascherano came to achieving Champions League glory prior to joining Barcelona, came in the 2007 final with Liverpool. However, the Reds couldn't repeat their feats of 2005 against the same Italian opponents, losing out 2-1 to AC Milan.
Since joining Barcelona, the Argentine defender certainly hasn't looked back when it comes to winning silverware, now having amassed a haul of eleven winners medals in the following competitions:
- La Liga: 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15
- Copa del Rey: 2011-12, 2014-15
- Supercopa de España: 2011, 2013
- UEFA Champions League: 2010-11, 2014-15
- UEFA Super Cup: 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2011
Given his positional flexibility, able to operate in central defence or central midfield, whilst still in the prime of his illustrious career, it's not hard to imagine Mascherano adding more silverware to his collection, over the coming years with Barcelona.