Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with a heart condition. The former Manchester City striker, who signed Barca this year, has been sidelined since the end of October. He just made just five appearances, scoring one goal against Real Madrid this season. Catch today football match live and Premier League results table.
“I have decided to stop playing professional football,” said the emotional Aguero at a press conference at Camp Nou. “It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have taken is for my health … I made that decision a week ago. When they did the first test in the clinic, the medical staff called to tell me there was a very big possibility that I wouldn’t be able to keep playing.”
Nickname as “Kun”, the Argentina star began his career at Independiente in Argentina before moving to Europe in 2006 to sign for Atletico Madrid, winning Europa League with the Spanish team. He then moved to City where he spent 10 years and won five Premier League titles, as well as one FA Cup and six League Cups. He is the all-time leading scorer with 260 goals at Etihad Stadium.
After a decade of success with City, the 33-year-old moved to Barca last season. However, he missed the start of the season following a calf injury during training before being diagnosed with a heart condition that forced him to call time on his career. Barcelona President Joan Laporta said Aguero had “all of our support”, while his Argentina teammate and former Barcelona star Lionel Messi also wrote a message.
“We have lived very beautiful moments and others that were not so much so, but all of them brought us together even more and made us closer as friends. And we are going to continue to live moments together off the pitch,” Messi wrote. “I wish you the best in this new stage!!! I love you very much my friend and I am going to miss our times together on the pitch and with the Argentina national team!!!”
Barca legend and City manager Pep Guardiola was in attendance at Camp Nou alongside director of football Txiki Begiristain. Aguero’s retirement means he will miss out on the chance to represent Argentina at next year’s World Cup in Qatar. He is third on the national team’s all-time scoring list after scoring 41 times in 101 games, the last of which came in a 2019 friendly against Uruguay.
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