Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football due to heart condition

Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 due to a heart condition.

Aguero has not played since the end of October when he was dislocated during the first half of Barcelona’s draw with Alaves after suffering chest pain.

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Barcelona later announced that the discomfort was caused by an arrhythmia – a broad term to describe any completely abnormal heart rhythm – which required treatment over a three-month period.

Since then, the former Manchester City striker has been undergoing regular heart checks to monitor his health, and the results suggest it would be too risky to continue his career.

He announced his retirement at a press conference on Wednesday, joined by Barcelona President Joan Laporta.

Aguero is emotional said: “This conference is to announce that I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have made is for my health; the problem I had a month and a half ago.

“I have been in good hands with the medical staff. I made the decision 10 days ago after I did everything possible to hope for some hope of playing. I am very proud of my career. I have always dreamed of a professional career since the first time I touched the ball at five.

“I want to thank Atletico Madrid who took advantage of me when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows how I feel about City and how they treated me well there.”

Barcelona legend and City manager Pep Guardiola were present at the Camp Nou alongside Director of Football Txiki Begiristain. The entire squad was also attended by the Barcelona first team and representatives from Aguero’s former clubs.

“I think Sergio as we have just seen, we have left a deep joy and excitement of what you could have been here in Barcelona, ​​but whatever you need with your condition we are here at your disposal,” Laporta said.

“You will be remembered not only as a player, but as a friend. A new journey awaits you and I am sure it will be equally successful. You deserve it.”

City also praised Aguero on Social media and posting: “King Kun. Everyone at Manchester City would like to take this opportunity to thank @aguerosergiokun for his outstanding contribution to our success over the past decade and we wish him well in his retirement.”

“I feel good now,” Aguero added. “Obviously the first two weeks were very difficult.” “When they gave me my first physical exam, the medical staff told me there was a very high probability that I would not be able to continue playing.

“I’m still processing everything. Then they called me to tell me it was final. Now, I’m fine, but I know it was tough.”

Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer from City. A calf injury delayed his debut until October, with his first goal in classic Real Madrid’s defeat.

Madrid also praised to Aguero online and posted: “It was an honor to compete against a player like you, one of the best players in the world. Good luck to you and your family.”

Aguero was only making his fifth appearance – and only his second start – for his new team against Alaves on October 30 when he struggled with breathing problems.

Aguero came to prominence in Argentina as a teenager with Independiente before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2006. He scored 102 goals in five years in Spain before joining City in a deal worth around €40 million.

In Manchester, Aguero scored the dramatic last-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season to help City win their first Premier League title.

In total, he won 15 titles in England, including five league titles, and is City’s record scorer with 260 goals in 390 matches.

His role in City’s growth over the past decade has seen the club recently announce that he will be honored with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva.

Aguero also played 101 caps for Argentina, scored 41 goals, and was part of the team that won the Copa America last summer and was runner-up in the 2014 World Cup.

When Aguero was asked to recall his favorite goals, he replied: “Independiente’s goal against Racing when I was 17 was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored. Winning the Europa League with Atletico was a really happy moment, obviously, it was City’s goal. I scored goals.” To win the Premier League, for me and for City, was a beautiful moment.

“There are a lot and the most recent was the Copa America. I only played two or three matches, but it was something we had been looking for for years and years.

“And of course I’ll take my last goal against Madrid. Not bad for a final goal, right?”


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