Javier Mascherano puts an end to his professional career immediately. The Argentinian record international handed in his contract with his club Estudiantes de La Plata on Sunday.
The 36-year-old Mascherano made his decision known through a press conference. The reason for his early retirement has not been reported. Mascherano still had a contract until mid-2021 with the Argentinian Estudiantes de La Plata.
Mascherano caused a furore as a defensive midfielder and has been Argentinian record international since 2018 with 148 international matches. He played for Liverpool for two years before earning a transfer to FC Barcelona in 2010.
Mascherano became a valued force in the Spanish superpower. He came to 334 matches in eight years and won no fewer than nineteen prizes with FC Barcelona, including five times the Spanish national title and twice the Champions League.
With Argentina, Mascherano missed the world title in 2014 by losing the World Cup final after extra time with 0-1 to Germany. After the elimination in the eighth finals of the 2018 World Cup by France (4-3), he put an end to his international career.
In 2018 Mascherano continued his career with the Chinese Hebei China Fortune. After two years he returned to his native Argentina, but due to the corona crisis, his stay with Estudiantes de La Plata was limited to ten games.