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Javier Mascherano Set To Leave Barcelona After This Season

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Javier Mascherano Set To Leave Barcelona After This Season

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano looks set to leave the Nou Camp after the current season is done and dusted.

The Argentine signed for the Catalans in 2010 and has gone on to make 330 appearances in Blaugrana colours, winning a total of 17 honours - including four La Liga titles, four Copa Del Reys and two Champions Leagues.

But according to Catalan outlet SPORT, he is likely to move on in the summer and already has a preferred destination in mind.

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Apparently the 33-year old has been thinking about his departure for a while now and the possibility of playing in America, in the MLS, is one that appeals to the former West Ham and Liverpool man.

If a deal does come to fruition, Mascherano would become the latest high-profile player to join the MLS and see what challenge it has to offer.

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Having been converted into a ball-playing central defender, he's been an excellent servant to the club. His only goal for the club, scored last season, will forever be an iconic moment in Barca's history.

Back in April, in a 7-1 win over Osasuna - with Lionel Messi talisman off after scoring a brace, as well as Suarez being on the bench and Neymar serving a suspension, the penalty responsibilities rested on the shoulders of Mascherano after Barca were awarded a spot-kick.

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He stepped up and walloped the ball into the back of the net, but his teammates, mainly Suarez, couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably. That prompted plenty of reaction on social media:

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Topics: Football, Barcelona, Javier Mascherano

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