Argentine legend retires aged 36

Argentina's most capped player has announced his retirement from football, aged 36.

Football Haberleri Giriş Tarihi: 16 Kasım 2020 Pazartesi 11:02

Mascherano, a combative midfielder at , Corinthians, , and amongst other clubs, made his surprise announcement after his side Estudiantes lost 1-0 to Argentinos Juniors in a league match on Sunday.

"I lived my profession 100%, to the maximum that I possibly can, and for a while now that has been getting harder," he told reporters. "Sometimes you don't choose the end, it happens all by itself."

Mascherano enjoyed his most successful spell at Barcelona, where he won 19 titles in eight years, including five La Ligas and two Champions Leagues.

He played 147 times for Argentina, appearing in four finals. He also won two gold medals with the Argentine Olympics team in 2004 and 2008.