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Maxi Rodriguez, 40, gets some great fireworks as he is substituted in his last game for Newell’s Old Boys before retiring as longtime team-mates Jordan Henderson and Lionel Messi pay tribute to the former Liverpool winger

  • Maxi Rodriguez played the last game with boys club Newell’s Old Boys
  • He left for fireworks, hugs from players, as well as chants and torches from fans
  • The 40-year-old was paid tributes to him by Lionel Messi and Jordan Henderson
  • Maxi played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2012 before returning home











Maxi Rodriguez got a huge farewell as part of his last game as a professional footballer, having recently announced his retirement.

The former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder played his last game for Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina on Monday night, being substituted just before the hour of his side’s 0-0 draw against Banfield.

Fighting back tears, the 40-year-old left the field at the club’s Marcelo Bielsa Stadium against the backdrop of a spectacular fireworks display for the former Argentina international.

Maxi Rodriguez looks on before his substitution in his last game as a professional footballer

The 40-year-old fought back tears when he realized his football career had come to an end

The 40-year-old fought back tears when he realized his football career had come to an end

As he slowly came out, all his teammates greeted him with goodbye hugs, while the match referee also acknowledged his departure from the sport with a comforting hug.

Supporters chanted his name in unison as they fired red flares when he finally left the pitch by kissing the turf and waving to fans in response.

Maxi played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2012 and he got a message from his former team-mate and current Reds captain Jordan Henderson.

As he began to leave the field, the Newell's Old Boys midfielder kissed the playing field

As he began to leave the field, the Newell’s Old Boys midfielder kissed the playing field

Supporters chanted his name and eased rates as he kicked the fan favorite out of the game for the last time

Supporters chanted his name and eased rates as he kicked the fan favorite out of the game for the last time

The former Liverpool and Argentina star bids farewell to supporters as he leaves the pitch

The former Liverpool and Argentina star bids farewell to supporters as he leaves the pitch

The England star posted a message saying: ‘Hi Maxi, it’s Jordan, I’ve heard you’ve come to the decision to retire from football.

“So I just wanted to drop you a line to congratulate you on your amazing career. It was a pleasure to work and play with you at Liverpool. Customize and remember that you will never walk alone.’

Lionel Messi, who also came through Newell’s Old Boys youth system in the late 1990s and played for Argentina alongside Maxi, also paid tribute.

He said: ‘It was an honor to share the field with you’.

Maxi started his career at the club as a youth forward before signing senior terms in 1999 and moving to Espanyol in 2002.

After three positive seasons, he moved to Atletico Madrid, where he stayed until a move to the Reds.

After returning to Newell’s Old Boys in 2012, he spent five years in his youth club before spending a year with Penarol and then returning for a third stint.

Maxi was also capped 56 times by Argentina between 2003 and 2014, scoring 15 goals, including one of the goals of the tournament when he put in a stunning extra-time effort to knock out Mexico in the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup.

Maxi played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2012 before returning to his home country

Maxi played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2012 before returning to his home country

Maxi (left) celebrates scoring against Mexico at the 2006 World Cup in the last 16

Maxi (left) celebrates scoring against Mexico at the 2006 World Cup in the last 16

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