November 16 the former Argentine national team captain Mascherano, who played for Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League, announced his retirement.
Mascherano’s only goal in Barcelona
Mascherano is 36 years old this year. In his professional career, Mascherano has played for River Plate, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Hebei China Fortune and other teams, and with Barcelona won the Champions League twice and won the La Liga championship five times. In January this year, Mascherano joined the University of La Plata as a free agent.
Beijing time on the 16th, the La Plata college team lost 0:1 to the Argentine youth. After the game, “Little Ma” announced his decision to retire.
Mascherano said, “I want to announce that I will retire from football today. Today I participated in my last game. This is a decision I have been considering. I think my career has reached 100%. I have reached the limit of what I can do. For some time, I found that the game is very difficult for me. The correct way is to end my career today.
Mascherano started his career in River Plate, landed in Europe in 2006, joined Liverpool on loan in 2007, and was bought out by Liverpool for £20.25 million a year later.
In 2010, Mascherano joined Barcelona. During his time with Barcelona, he played 334 times, scored 1 goal and had 8 assists. With the team he won 2 Champions League, 5 La Liga, 5 Copa del Rey, 3 Spanish Super Cup and 2 Club World Cup.
In April 2017, Mascherano scored his only goal in Barcelona, which was a penalty given to him by his teammates.
As the former captain of the Argentine national team, Mascherano has played 147 times for the “Pampas Eagles” since 2003, scoring 3 goals, and won two Olympic champions and a World Cup runner-up with the team.