One Barcelona’s longest-serving current players is ready to say goodbye.
Javier Mascherano has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club and continue his career in the United States.
The 33-year-old midfielder turned centre-back hopes to find a club in MLS when he quits Barca at the end of the season, according to Catalan news outlet SPORT.
The versatile Argentinian has been replaced by Samuel Umtiti as first-choice centre-back in recent times and doesn’t want to finish his career sitting on the bench.
Mascherano signed for Barcelona in 2010 and has played 330 games for the club, winning 17 trophies.
His haul includes four La Liga titles, four Copa Del Reys and two Champions Leagues.
His only goal for the club, scored last season, will forever be an iconic moment in Barca’s history.
It came in a 7-1 win over Osasuna when he was allowed to take a penalty, prompting wild celebrations.
Having been converted into a ball-playing central defender, he’s been an excellent servant to the club.