Liverpool and Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from football after a playing for 17 years. The Argentine defensive midfielder has been one of the best in his position.
Javier Mascherano, father of three children made his announcement from football on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Initially, he was playing for the Argentinian side, Estudiantes de la Plata before ending his career. 36-year-old Mascherano was identified as Jeferico in his boyhood club, meaning Little Boss.
A spell with West Ham in 2006 introduced the anchorman to European football although his switch became embroiled in the Hammers’ third-party ownership saga that cost the club a £5.5million fine.
He moved to Anfield in early 2007. In Liverpool, the Argentine made 139 appearances under Rafa Benitez, before signing for Barcelona three seasons later.
At the Camp Nou, Mascherano quickly settled to become an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s imperious side.
A debut season LaLiga and Champions League double was followed by four more league crowns, five Copas del Rey, and another European triumph over an eight-year stay.
In total, the legend won 19 titles with Barcelona. Also, unfortunately, he did not win any trophy for his nation, but two gold medals. In his times with Argentina, he made a World cup final appearance and four Copa America Final appearances.
Javier Mascherano made 147 appearances for Argentina makes him the country’s most-capped player
In 2018, he left Barcelona and signed an 18-months contract with Hebei China Fortune, after which he left for his country. In conclusion, Mascherano has inspired many into the game of football.