Javier Mascherano isn't known as El Jefecito or "The Little Boss" for nothing.
Throughout the World Cup finals, in word and deed, Mascherano was head and shoulders above most over players in the tournament.
Restored to his preferred home of defensive midfield anchor, we got to see the very best of the Argentine.
Such qualities would be well received in Catalonia with at least two, possibly three, of Barcelona's four captains having already flown the nest.
Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes are gone and Xavi Hernandez may shortly follow suit. In Javier Mascherano, they have a ready-made replacement.
Let's take a look at five reasons why "Masche" should become the Blaugrana's new team captain.