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Javier Mascherano announced this Sunday his retirement from professional football after the defeat he suffered La Plata students before Argentinos Juniors, on the third day of the League Cup.
“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”, emphasized the ‘Jefecito’, 36, in 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 sensations. I appreciate that Estudiantes has made me return to Argentine football. ‘I am grateful to Desábato and all my teammates for having supported 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 long career he went through Corinthians from Brazil, West Ham Y Liverpool of England and the Hebei fortune from China.
Two-time 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 the U20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. 2003.
To complete his competitions with the Albiceleste jacket, he integrated the teams in five Americas Cups (2004, 2007, 2011, 2015 and Centenario 2016), in addition to the South American Sub 17 Peru 2001 and Sub 20 Uruguay 2003.
At the club level, Mascherano accumulates 21 titles in his record: one with River, another with Corinthians and 19 with Barcelona, a club where he worked between 2010 and 2018.
The future of Javier Mascherano will be linked, almost certainly, with the Argentine Youth Teams as of next year after several conversations with Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association.