Javier Mascherano departed River Plate and Argentinian club football in 2005 but after over 14 years away, the former Argentina captain is returning with a move to Estudiantes de la Plata.
Club president Juan Sebastián Verón, a former Albiceleste teammate, travelled to Beijing to close the deal. With Mascherano’s contract at Hebei China Fortune expiring, the 35-year-old will move to La Plata at the end of the year as a free agent.
“We have travelled 19,000km to welcome Javier to the Pincha family. Estudiantes is your home, Mascherano,” the club wrote on its official Twitter account as Verón sat for dinner with the midfielder.
The Estudiantes icon could barely contain his excitement in an accompanying video, “We have come all the way to Beijing to see a great friend and a great footballer, Javier. Now we are going to have dinner, a big hug to everyone in La Plata.”
— Estudiantes de La Plata (@EdelpOficial) November 23, 2019