The Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has declared his retirement from international football. His decision to quit the Argentina national team is coming after the 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 of the World Cup on Saturday.
“This story has ended. We gave it our everything until the end,” the former Barcelona and Liverpool man told reporters after the match.
“It was a crazy match, in which we didn’t start well but we recovered and we turned it around. But their tying goal did so much damage to us.
“It cost us so much to lift ourselves up again. From this point on I will be just another fan of the Argentina national team. It is over. The illusion is shattered.”
He continued: “It’s time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in.”
Mascherano had previously said the 2018 World Cup would be his last tournament with Argentina. Today’s match against France marked the player’s 147th appearance for his country.
Mascherano, who has played at four World Cups, made his debut for Argentina in 2003 when he still hadn’t played professionally for any club.
It is annoying to know that Mascherano is ending his illustrious time with Argentina without winning a major tournament.