It may have been one of the more forgettable spells of his illustrious career but West Ham United have been included in Javier Mascherano’s retirement Tweet.
West Ham shocked world football when they announced the double signing of Argentine stars Carlos Tevez and Mascherano back in 2006.
The pair only last a short time at West Ham.
Great arrival preceded great escape
Tevez established himself as a cult hero, driving the team to a Great Escape from relegation with his workrate and goals. But he left for Manchester United the next summer.
Mascherano meanwhile was out of the door in January, having made just five Premier League appearances before joining Liverpool.
West Ham fans could see his class. But a set number of appearances was rumoured to trigger a £15m payment West Ham could not afford and so the decision was taken out of then manager Alan Pardew’s hands.
History will show Hayden Mullins kept the Barcelona legend out of the side. But that is not quite the reality.
As if Mascherano’s time at West Ham was not miserable enough, he was bitten by former Hammer Jermain Defoe in a derby against Tottenham for good measure.
Mascherano’s miserable Hammers spell
Mascher went on to become a star for Liverpool, Barca and Argentina. He excelled in both defensive midfield and as a centre-back.
Speaking about his time at West Ham in an interview with French magazine So Foot back in 2015, Mascherano revealed he ‘never’ considered quitting the Hammers during that dark first few months.
And he even did extra training to try and earn a place in the team.
“Never (did I consider quitting West Ham and leaving England),” Mascherano told So Foot.
“If that had been the case I would have returned to River. The president called me everyday to try and convince me to return, but that would have meant admitting defeat, without having tried to impose myself in England.
“I was aware I wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“If I wasn’t playing it was because of Pardew. He didn’t like my way of playing, even though I came to training in my spare time. I didn’t want to give him football reasons for not picking me. At West Ham, I suffered a lot. Arriving in a club where the manager asks you where you play following a good World Cup isn’t the best.”
But despite his forgettable spell at West Ham, the east Londoners have still been included in Mascherano’s retirement post on social media.
Star includes West Ham in retirement message despite illustrious career
Bowing out at 36 as the most capped player in Argentina’s history with 147 appearances, Mascherano made the announcement in a press conference at his current club Estudiantes at the weekend.
Mascherano said: “I want to announce that today I am retiring from soccer professionally.”
He has now followed that up with a short message on Twitter alongside a picture of him in action for the national side and every club he has represented in his career, including West Ham.
“More than I dreamed!!” Mascherano said on Twitter.
“Farewell beautiful game.”
Mascherano could have been forgiven for just including Barca, Argentina, Liverpool and the like in his retirement collage.
Many players would only highlight the successes they have had.
So for West Ham to be included in the star’s farewell shows what kind of a character he was.
And it is no surprise he had such a fabulous career.