Javier Mascherano announced this Sunday his retirement from football after the defeat suffered by Estudiantes de La Plata against Argentinos Juniors, for the third round of the Argentine Professional Football League Cup.
“I want to announce that today I am retiring from football professionally, I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina,” emphasized ‘el Jefecito’, 36, at a virtual press conference where he was accompanied by the technician Leandro Desábato.
“It has nothing to do with the club or the results, they are personal feelings. I am grateful that Estudiantes has made me return to Argentine football. I am grateful to Desábato and all my teammates for having put up with me during this time,” said the former Barcelona player.
In addition to Estudiantes and Barcelona, the player trained in the lower divisions of River Plate in his extensive career passed through the Brazilian Corinthians, the English West Ham and Liverpool and the Chinese Hebei Fortune.
Twice Olympic champion with the Argentine National Team at the Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, Mascherano also participated in four World Cups (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018), the U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago 2001 and U ’20 United Arab Emirates 2003.
To complete his competitions with the Albiceleste jersey, he joined the squads in five Copa América (2004, 2007, 2011, 2015 and Centenario 2016), in addition to the South American Sub’17 Peru 2001 and Sub’20 Uruguay 2003.
At club level, Mascherano has 21 titles to his name: one with River, another with Corinthians and 19 with Barcelona, the club where he played between 2010 and 2018.
Mascherano’s future will almost certainly be linked to Argentina’s youth teams starting next year, after several talks with Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association. EFE. (JL).