The two-times champion reached the final in Brazil three years ago, losing to Germany in extra-time, while they also lost the finals of the 2015 and 2016 Copas America. However they struggled in the qualifiers and needed a hat-trick from Lionel Messi to get them to Russia.
Javier Mascherano says he will retire after the 2018 World Cup. He is the second-most capped player in Argentina's history ??? pic.twitter.com/7xTxe8nbh9— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 11, 2017
The 33-year old Barcelona defender, who sometimes plays in midfield, said the opportunity to win a major title for his country was one of his last remaining playing ambitions. "I don't have that many things in my life I still want to do," he said. "Playing in a World Cup and trying to get back to the final is one of them."
Javier Mascherano on international retirement: "If I get to Russia, that will be the end. I know that for sure." pic.twitter.com/HxGxcQGZNHOctober 12, 2017