Barcelona Fans Set Up Petition Asking for Javier Mascherano to Take a Penalty

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterFebruary 16, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 06: Javier Mascherano of Barcelona in action during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Real CD Espanyol at Camp Nou on January 6, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Sunday's 6-1 thrashing of Celta Vigo saw Javier Mascherano make his 264th appearance for Barcelona, taking him level with Ronald Koeman on the list of foreign players to have played for the club.

In those games wearing the famous Barca shirt, Mascherano has won 15 major trophies, including two Champions Leagues, three Ligas and two Club World Cups. But there's one thing missing...a goal.

And so with the Argentinian yet to score for the club, fans have come together to start a petition asking Lionel Messi to let him take a penalty.

"We think Mascherano doesn't have sufficient recognition as a Barcelona star," explains the petition, via Sport. "He has brought so much to the team it seems unfair he's not recognised as he deservesin football everything's measured in goals so for this we want him to score a goal for Barcelona. 

"The most simple way is to let him take a penalty, and we ask Leo Messi to do this."

Considering Barcelona's habit of experimenting with penalties, don't rule it out...

[h/t Sport]