Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has reported his retirement from worldwide football after his side’s World Cup finishing 4-3 misfortune to France in the round of 16 on Saturday.
“This story has finished. We gave it our beginning and end until the end,” the previous Barcelona and Liverpool man told correspondents after the match.
“It was an insane match, in which we didn’t begin well yet we recuperated and we turned it around. Be that as it may, their tying goal did as such much harm to us.
“It cost us such a great amount to lift ourselves up once more. Starting here on I will be simply one more aficionado of the Argentina national group. It is finished. The deception is broken.”
He included: “It’s a great opportunity to state farewell and for the more youthful players to venture in.”
Mascherano had already said the 2018 World cup would be his last competition with Argentina.
The 34-year-old played the full a hour and a half in the match against France, which denoted his 147th appearance for his nation, an Argentina record.
Mascherano, who has played at four World Cups, made his presentation for Argentina in 2003 when regardless he hadn’t played professionally for Stream Plate.
In his chance with his nation, Mascherano neglected to win a noteworthy competition however helped Argentina achieve the last of the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas.