Javier Macherano retires from football

Former Liverpool and FC Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old started his career in his native Argentina at River Plate before earning a move to Corinthians. The layer then moved to the Premier League after West Ham acquired his services with the player spending six months at the club before moving to Liverpool.

At Liverpool, the Argentine helped the club reach the 2007 Champions League final and played an integral part in their ultimately unsuccessful title challenge two years later.

The player then moved to Barcelona on a €24m deal and it was while with the Catalan giants that he enjoyed the most success in his career.

At the club, he won five LaLiga, two Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cups among other trophies during his eight-year stay at the club. He would then move on to Hebei China Fortune for a brief period before returning to Argentina to finish his playing days at Estudiantes.


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