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Iniesta and Mascherano when the Argentinian departed FC Barcelona

Iniesta and Mascherano when the Argentinian departed FC Barcelona | ARXIU - FCB

Two Barça legends who left the club in the 2017/18 season have announced today that they are also hanging up their international boots. Two announcements that we could all see coming, but now the news is official.

Eternal Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta has been wearing the Spanish jersey at different levels for 15 years and made his debut in May 2006 in his native Albacete, curiously against Russia, the same opposition as in his final game.

His first goal was in a Euro 2008 qualifier against England, and his last was in the 5-0 defeat of Costa Rica as part of Spain’s World Cup preparations.

“It’s time to step aside” he said in an emotional farewell letter. “It was not an easy decision. The illusion and will to continue are total but I have always said that I’d do what I think is best for the national team.”

Iniesta will be best remembered, of course, for scoring the winner against Holland in the 2010 World Cup Final, but was also a central figure of the Spain squads that won the European Championships in both 2008 and 2012.

The Little Chief bows out

Javier Mascherano’s farewell message was briefer. “I’m eternally grateful to you all” said the 34-year-old who left FCB for Hebei China Fortune in January of this year. “I have been very happy.”

The former Barça skipper has a record 151 caps for Argentina. Curiously, his debut against Uruguay in 2003 came before he had even played a game for his club River Plate. Although he never won a major title at senior level, Mascherano was an Olympic gold medallist twice, at Athens 2008 and Beijing 2012.

 

Eternamente Gracias a todos y por todo !!!! Fui muy Feliz. @afaseleccion ❤️

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