Barcelona Forward Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football due to heart problems
Ex Manchester City Legend Sergio Aguero has taken the decision to retire from football after medical advice relating to his heart problems. The 33-year-old forward was taken from the field during a La Liga encounter with Alaves on October 30 and was diagnosed with cardiac arrythmia – a condition that has brought the curtain down early on a glorious career.
The Barcelona striker was taken to hospital for cardiac tests, after which he was ruled out for three months after he revealed that the discomfort had been caused by an arrhythmia, a broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal.
An emotional Aguero told a gathering at the Camp Nou, “This press conference is to communicate that I`ve decided to stop playing soccer. It`s a very hard moment but I`m at peace with the decision I made, It’s a very difficult moment, it’s for my health.”
“I was in good hands of the medical staff who have done their best and have told me the best thing would be to stop playing, So I made that decision about a week ago and I want to tell everyone I did everything possible to have hope, but there wasn’t very much.”
“I want to thank Atletico Madrid who took a chance on me when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows who I feel about City and how well they treated me there.”
“I will leave with my head held high. I don’t know what awaits me in the next part of my life. But I know I have people who love me. I will always remember the amazing things.”
City manager Pep Guardiola was one of several representatives from Aguero’s former clubs to attend Wednesday’s press conference, while the club also paid tribute to their former striker on social media.
“Everyone at Manchester City would like to take this opportunity to thank @aguerosergiokun for his incredible contribution to our success over the last decade and wish him well in his retirement,” City posted on Twitter.
Aguero agreed to join Barcelona in May, signing a two-year deal with a buyout clause of €100m (£86m) after leaving City. He scored his first goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid on his El Clasico debut on 24 October.
Aguero began his career at Argentine club Independiente, scoring 18 goals between 2003-2006 before transferring to Atletico Madrid.
He enjoyed a fruitful period at the Spanish side, scoring 100 times in 230 appearances in all competitions, and won the Europa League with the club in 2010 in addition to the UEFA Super Cup.
City signed Aguero from Atletico in 2011 and he became entrenched in the club’s history when he scored a dramatic late winner against QPR in the final game of the 2011/12 season to secure the team’s first Premier League title.
Aguero remained at City for 10 seasons, and broke Eric Brook’s record to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer in 2017.
He scored 260 goals for the club in 390 appearances and won a host of honours, including five Premier League titles, six League Cup trophies and an FA Cup, among others.
The forward was also prolific at international level, having scored 42 goals in 101 appearances for Argentina, making him the third-highest goalscorer for the side behind Lionel Messi and Gabriel Batistuta.
Aguero will go down in history as one of the legends of the game.