Mascherano set to retire from international football after - FCNaija

International Edition By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 12/10/2017

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is set to quit international football after next year’s World Cup.

The Barcelona midfielder helped Argentina to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after his team came from behind to win Ecuador in Quito to beat Ecuador 3-1 courtesy of Lionel Messi’s hat-trick.

Before ending his international career, Mascherano wants to help his team-mate at club and country taste international success.

"For a lot of people the story could have finished, but thanks to god it was not like this," Mascherano told Spanish newspaper Sport.

"If I get to Russia, that will be the end. I know that for sure.

"Lionel Messi owns this game and when you own the game you have ability to make things happen.

"I hope we can help him in Russia.

"We enjoyed him and now we have to help him. We have the chance to dream.

"It's a World Cup and we can remember how we played in Brazil (when they reached the final in 2014).

"We have to prepare in these seven or eight months to arrive in the best form possible, and we'll try to do it."

Mascherano will return to action with Barcelona this weekend when they face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.