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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

CSL club Hebei China Fortune confirm signing of Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano

Former Argentina captain won four Primera Liga and two Uefa Champions League titles in his seven and a half years in Spain.

Javier Mascherano is the latest high-profile player to join a Chinese Super League club. Quique Garcia / EPA
Javier Mascherano is the latest high-profile player to join a Chinese Super League club. Quique Garcia / EPA

Argentina international Javier Mascherano was unveiled on Wednesday as the latest big name to move to China, signing for Hebei China Fortune from Barcelona.

The Catalan club announced on Tuesday that the 33-year-old defender was leaving the club after seven and a half successful seasons but did not say where he was going.

"After reaching agreement with Barcelona FC and the player himself, the distinguished Argentine captain Mascherano has, starting today, officially joined Hebei China Fortune Football Club," the Chinese Super League (CSL) side said, without disclosing the transfer fee.

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Mascherano leaves the Camp Nou after a trophy-laden spell, which included four Primera Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, two Uefa Champions League titles and two Fifa Club World Cups.

Mascherano, who spent three years at Premier League club Liverpool, is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist and reached the final of the 2014 World Cup with Argentina.