Former Liverpool and Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has retired from football aged 36 following a superb 17-year career.
Mascherano had been playing for Estudiantes in his native Argentina after departing Chinese Super League outfit Hebei Fortune in January.
The veteran announced his decision on Sunday after his side continued their poor start to the campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Argentinos Juniors.
“I want to announce that today I am retiring from soccer professionally. I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina,” Mascherano revealed post-match (via Estudiantes’ official Twitter page).
The 36-year-old was also swift to note that his side’s slow start to the season didn’t play a role in his decision, adding: “It’s got nothing to do with the club or the results. It’s personal feelings. Continue reading