Football: Former Barcelona star Mascherano retires

Former Barcelona player Javier Mascherano has retired from football.

The decision was announced in a statement by Argentina’s Estudiantes, his latest club, on Sunday.

“I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina,” he was quoted as saying on their Instagram account.

The 36-year-old defensive midfielder won 147 caps for his native Argentina, helping them reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

Starting his career at River Plate in 2003, Mascherano also played for West Ham and Liverpool after moving to Europe.

He helped Barca win two UEFA Champions League titles, and five La Liga trophies during his eight-year stint at the Spanish club.

“Thank you, Masche,” Barca said on Twitter to honor their former player following his retirement decision.

Source: Anadolu Agency