Liverpool have had some world class midfielders down the years. In the mid 2000s the Kop faithful famously sang that we had the best midfield in the world. This week we saw a huge announcement from the last man standing from that quartet as Javier Mascherano retires from football. His former teammates have sent messages in tribute.
Javier Mascherano at Liverpool
Liverpool signed Javier Mascherano in controversial and complicated circumstances.
The Argentinian midfielder had been embroiled in scandal with West Ham United.
The Hammers were infamously issued a world record £5.5m for their signings of Masch and countryman Carlos Tevez.
As the dust settled, the midfielder joined the Reds in February 2008.
The enforcer went on the play 139 times for Liverpool before moving to Barcelona in 2010.
Javier Mascherano retires
Following a glittering eight year spell with Barcelona, the midfielder went on to play in China before returning to Argentina with Estudiantes.
This week the most capped Argentine in history announced his retirement in football retired with five La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, two club world cups and an embarrassment of other trophies.
He goes out as a true legend of the game. We were lucky to have him for the brief spell that we did.
The fact that he was able to play at centre back for Barcelona despite his diminutive frame is testament to his defensive instincts.
Tributes pour in
Fernando Torres said it was a pleasure to play with Masch.
Lucas Leiva believes he is one of the best, saying he learned a lot from the ex-Barca man.
Luis Garcia is excited about the quality of the legends game.
Sami Hyypia commented on the Argentine’s Instagram post applauding him for a great career.
Jamie Carragher wished his former teammate luck, whilst Neymar kept it simple by commenting ‘respect’.
The Brazilian summed it up here, you can only respect the man. What a player, what a career. Thanks for the memories, Masch.