Previous Barcelona, Liverpool, and Argentina star Javier Mascherano has reported his retirement.
Mascherano, 36-year-old, uncovered his choice on Sunday, hanging up his boots after 17 years of professional football.
With 147 caps for
's national football team which is the most played games in the country's history, Mascherano returned to his birthplace and signed a contract with Estudiantes de La Plata last January.
After 11 appearances in all rivalries for the Argentinian side, including Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Argentinos Juniors, Mascherano said the time had come for his retirement.
"I want to announce that today I am retiring from football professionally," he said.
"I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina."
Mascherano added: "I have lived my profession 100 percent, I gave the maximum I could.
"Today, I find that for some time it's hard for me and I don't want to disrespect Estudiantes, who trusted me to return to Argentina, or my colleagues, or this profession."
In the wake of starting his profession with
, Mascherano played for Corinthians and West Ham prior to joiningLiverpool
A daring defensive midfielder who transformed into center-back atBarca
, Mascherano appreciated the majority of his prosperity at Camp Nou, winning five
titles and the
twice among various prizes in the wake of joining Barca in 2010.
He helped Argentina arrive at the
2014 World Cup
final, which they lost to Germany in the last minutes while getting done with four
second-place awards and two
Following two years with Hebei China Fortune, Mascherano made a beeline for Argentina with Estudiantes, where he completed his vocation.