Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Mascherano, the most capped player in Argentina's history, made the announcement in a press conference at his current club, Estudiantes.

Mascherano said: "I want to announce that today I am retiring from soccer professionally.

"I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina."

After a controversial move to West Ham in 2006, Mascherano moved on to Anfield, where he made 139 appearances in a successful three-year spell.

Mascherano then won two Champions League crowns and a pair of Club World Cup titles with Barcelona, along with five wins each in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, and played in the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina.