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There have been speculations among Nigerians this morning that veteran Argentina midfielder, Javier Machserano, has died in Russia
The rumour is a pure misreading of the news by goal.com, the popular football website.
Goal titled the article The Sad Demise of Argentine and Barcelona Legend Mascherano. Nigerians, with their habit of reading only the headline, literally interpreted the news to to mean that Mascherano is dead, based on the headline.
But what Goal meant in that article is that Mascherano has lost the quality - pace in particular - that made him one of the best midfielders and defenders in the world in his prime. Goal highlighted that the player is now a shadow of himself. In other words, his quality is dead.
The next thing is, Nigerians went to town peddling rumour that the Argentine died in Russia.
Nigerians, we hail thee!