Javier Mascherano, a former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder has retired from football.
The 36-year-old, who is the most capped player in Argentina’s history with 147 appearances, made his announcement in a press conference at his current club, Estudiantes had been playing for Estudiantes before announcing he was retiring from the game.
“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,” he said on Sunday.
Mascherano made 147 appearances for Argentina and began his career at Argentine club River Plate.
He made a controversial move to West Ham in 2006 alongside Carlos Tevez which eventually saw the Hammers fined £5.5million for breaching Premier League regulations.
Just months after joining West Ham Mascherano would leave to sign for Liverpool, and he became a key player and fan favourite at Anfield.
He made 139 appearances in a successful three-year spell with the Reds, helping them reach the 2007 Champions League final with Mascherano starting the 2-1 defeat by Milan.
Mascherano then played for Barcelona from 2010 to 2018 where he won two European Cups and a pair of Club World Cup titles, along with five wins each in LaLiga and the Copa del Rey before a spell with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.