Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of winning World Cup 2018 ended on Saturday after France defeated them 4-3 in the last 16 stage.
A brace from PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, a goal from Benjamin Pavard and an early penalty from Antoine Griezmann led Didier Deschamps’ team to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
A sensational strike from Angel Di Maria, a deflected goal from Gabriel Mercado and a late Sergio Aguero consolation goal did keep Argentina in what was a classic World Cup encounter, but it was not quite enough as Jorge Sampaoli‘s team bowed out of the competition.
Mascherano departed from Barcelona after playing 334 games for the Catalan club and joined Herbei China Fortune, a club in the Chinese Super League.
Javier Mascherano: “This story comes to an end. We gave everything until the final. Now, I’m just another fan of the Argentina team. Hopefully in the future these kids will be able to accomplish something.” pic.twitter.com/9mzsoKG5Ru