Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano were teammates for years. The pair played together on the Argentine national team and at Barcelona.
They were always an interesting duo to pay attention to purely because of the time they spent together. Hearing Mascherano’s takes on Messi and vice-versa was always something to note.
Mascherano retired this week and his old buddy Messi posted on Facebook with some nice words about his former teammate and also Fernando Gago who has also hung up his boots. Touching stuff.
“They leave football two people I lived with and enjoyed a lot of time and I want to take advantage to say hello to them: Fer dear hope everything goes great for you. From the 17 years we met... It was a pleasure to share locker room in the national team and compete against you, you know that. May everything continue well and continue to fulfill your dreams. And what to say about Masche, so many years together, seeing each other every day and sharing so much... We live very happy moments and also some tough ones on the court in both Argentina and Barcelona. We’ve been missing you since you left. Wishing you all the best for you and your family always!”
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Messi’s not the only Barca player to pay tribute to Mascherano. A host of other players past and present have also sent messages to the Argentine.
Pique: It was a pleasure to share dressing rooms and titles with you for so many years! I wish you the best in this new stage
Iniesta: I wish you the best in this new stage, friend Mascherano . A pleasure to share dressing rooms, talks and meet you because you are a phenomenon !!
Luis Suarez: Yesterday one of the most important midfielders of the last decade retired. A privilege to have shared a dressing room with you not only as a great professional you are, but as a great human being you are. Keep all the wonderful moments that football gave you.
Ayer se retiró uno de los mediocampistas mas importante de la última década. Un privilegiado haber compartido vestuario contigo no solo como lo gran profesional que sos, sino como lo gran ser humano que sos. Quedáte con todos los momentos maravillosos que te dió el fútbol. pic.twitter.com/ST4EvdGfhg— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) November 16, 2020
Xavi: It has been a pleasure and an honor to have played with you, Javier. Unsurpassed professional, humble like few others and a unique leadership capacity. Congratulations on your huge and brilliant career. Good luck in your new challenges, FRIEND!