147-fold Argentinian international Javier Mascherano has put a point behind his football career. The 36-year-old defensive midfielder held a press conference on Sunday at Estudiantes de la Plata, the club where he had settled at the beginning of the year.
Mascherano has seen it after seventeen years of professional football, he has announced. “I have always lived one hundred percent for the sport and given everything. But now it‘s time to stop: some personal matters have happened, I’ve thought about them for a long time, but this is a right decision,” says the Argentine record international. “I would like to thank this club for the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina.”
Mascherano achieved his greatest successes — coming from Liverpool in 2010 and leaving for Hebei China Fortune in 2018 — with FC Barcelona: in eight years he became Spanish champion with the Catalans five times and held the Champions League twice in his hands. With Argentina, he won gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Mascherano was among the Argentine selection at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Championships in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals: the Argentines lost in 2014.
Javier @Mascherano “Quiero anunciar que hoy me retiro del fútbol profesionalmente, quiero agradecer a este club que me dio la oportunidad que de terminar mi carrera en Argentina” pic.twitter.com/udu3WHWWRB4
— Estudiantes de La Plata (@EdelpOficial) November 15, 2020