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Mascherano: Why I Decided To Quit Barca

Javier Mascherano: Why I Decided To Quit FC Barcelona

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jan 25, 2018 11:26 AM @KurtLaduma

Long-serving FC Barcelona player Javier Mascherano, who said farewell to the club on Wednesday night, has revealed why he decided to quit the Catalans.

Click through the gallery to see images of the Argentine's farewell!

The Argentine joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010, and went on to represent the club on 333 occasions over an eight-year period.

The 33-year-old has insisted that leaving Barca now was the right thing to do as he did not want to put the club in an awkward situation.

"The moment had arrived. I had to make this decision," Mascherano said, according to Sport.

"Time has been the biggest indicator that I was losing my importance in the team. It was making things more difficult. I didn't want to put the club in a difficult position, so this was the decision.

"Sometimes you have to accept the reality. I'm not the player I was. It's normal, natural. I needed to make this change. I didn't feel like I could revert the situation here. The quality of the centre backs in the team is so high.

"The hardest thing about playing for Barcelona is that you know that one day you will have to leave. I feel privileged, fortunate for everything I have been able to experience here.

"I never imagined I would stay here for so long and be part of the club's history."

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Mascherano won 17 trophies during his time at Barca, including four LaLiga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues.

Do you think the Argentine made the right call in leaving the club? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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steraah15 Joined: 17 Jan 2015
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steraah15 Jan 26, 2018 06:10 PM
Thank for the memories Masche we will never forget your dedication to the Club sadly in soccer there is always time for goodbye
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swalala Joined: 08 Apr 2013
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swalala Jan 26, 2018 10:54 AM
One of the players i admired in the Barca recent generation, it's sad to see you go. Best of luck wherever you go.
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TUMI-555 Joined: 30 May 2012
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TUMI-555 Jan 25, 2018 07:16 PM
or u want to put otjer teams in an awlward situation dan Barcowlona
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TUMI-555 Jan 25, 2018 07:15 PM
u sound like comedian. ok from there are u gonna do well in ur next team?
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Schweinstriker_31 Jan 25, 2018 03:34 PM
Good luck JM14
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Sithembiso Danie 11 Jan 25, 2018 03:11 PM
Of course he made the right decision . I wish this could also happen to Kaiser chiefs . If you know you ain't that player that used to give a 100% on the pitch then let others who're stillvstrong play .
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nexto Jan 25, 2018 03:03 PM
Winners know when to quit!!!
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MR E Jan 25, 2018 02:25 PM
He has been a good server for barca, he will be missed, a true legend indeed, wish u all the best Javier!
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Evergreenmessi Jan 25, 2018 01:20 PM
Thank you good kid for everything well done to yourself behave like always where ever you going May God bless you with all your good desires you are now legend we have that status in our heart,mind & souls go And give more of that kind of behaviour through the world bye for
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Mentashe Jan 25, 2018 12:44 PM
PERFECT TIMING, LEFT WITH HIS CHIN UP AND ACHIEVED SO MUCH, GO WELL SON, YOU WERE GREAT TO WATCH. YOU MADE US SMILE.
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Thobz10 Jan 25, 2018 12:20 PM
I respect Masche for the things he's done for barca and for the respect he's given, im really impressed by his reasons for leaving now. Thank you Sir
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sikadea Jan 25, 2018 12:18 PM
Good Luck Boy "True Legend indeed"
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khaydoman Jan 25, 2018 12:17 PM
The best of luck Javier.
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indidane Jan 25, 2018 12:12 PM
Thank u B0y
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connaissance09 Jan 25, 2018 11:57 AM
"The quality of center back is so high" . humility at its best. Good luck man. You served barca with distinction. You sacrificed so much for the team.
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Binda_Bucks1 Jan 25, 2018 11:55 AM
Wow nyc1
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connaissance09 Jan 25, 2018 11:54 AM
"I didn't want to put the club in a difficult situation " wow this guy is wise. Tell Penaldo to go. He is putting the coach in a difficult situation of playing him even though he is no longer the same player
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Golden Boots Jan 25, 2018 11:48 AM
El Jefecito!
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Jan 25, 2018 11:37 AM
The hadest thing about playing for Barca you know that one day you will have to leave. good lucky Javier

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