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

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

Aguero hasn’t played since late October when he was featured in the first half of Barca’s draw with Alaves that followed. chest pain.

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Barcelona then announced that the discomfort was caused by an arrhythmia – a broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal – which would require treatment for a period of three months.

Before City of Manchester He later had to have regular heart checks to monitor his health, with the results suggesting that it would be a risk to continue his professional career.

He announced his retirement at a press conference on Wednesday, attended by Barca president, Joan Laporta.

An emotional Aguero said: “This conference is to announce that I have decided to stop playing professional football. It was a very difficult time. I made the decision because of my health; the problem. which I encountered a month and a half ago.

“I have been very well supported by the medical staff. I made the decision 10 days ago after doing everything I could to hope to continue playing. I am very proud of my career. I I’ve always dreamed of going pro since the first time I touched a ball at five o’clock.

“I want to thank you Atlético Madrid who gave me a chance when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows how I feel about Man City and how well they have treated me there. “

Barca legend and Man City coach Pep Guardiola was present at Camp Nou along with director of football of Director of Football Txiki Begiristain. The entire typical team of Barca and representatives of Aguero’s old clubs were also present.

“Sergio I think, as we have just seen, we are left with deep joy and excitement with what you might have been here in Barcelona, ​​but whatever you need with your condition. , we’re all here for you,” Laporta said.

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

The city also pays tribute to Aguero on social media and posted: “King Kun. Everyone at Manchester City would like to take this opportunity to thank @aguerosergiokun for his incredible contributions to our success over the past decade and wish him well in his retirement.” .”

“I feel fine right now. Obviously the first two weeks were really difficult,” Aguero added. “When they did my first fitness test, the medical staff told me there was a very good chance I wouldn’t be able to continue playing.

“I’m still working through everything. Then they called me to tell me it was all over. Right now, I’m fine, but I know it’s tough.”

Aguero joined Barca on a free transfer in the summer from Man City. A calf injury delayed his debut until October, with his first goal coming in Clasico defeat Real Madrid.

Madrid is also grateful for Aguero online and posted: “It’s an honor to play against a player like you, one of the best in the world. Good luck to you and your family.”

Aguero had only made his fifth appearance – and only his second – for his new club against Alaves on October 30 when he developed breathing problems.

Aguero burst onto the scene in Argentina as a teenager with Independiente before signing for Atletico Madrid in 2006. He scored 102 goals in five years in Spain before joining Man City in a lucrative deal. about 40 million euros.

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

In total, he has won 15 trophies in England, including five league titles, and is City’s top scorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances.

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

Aguero has also won 101 caps Argentina, scoring 41 goals, was in last summer’s Copa America winning squad and was runner-up at the 2014 World Cup.

When asked to recall his favorite goals, Aguero replied: “The goal for Independiente aganst Racing when I was 17 years old was one of the best I’ve ever scored. Winning the Europa League with Atletico was a moment. really happy moment and then obviously Man City’s goal I scored to win my first Premier League title, for me and Man City it was a beautiful moment.

“There’s a lot and the last one was the Copa America. I only played two or three, but it’s something we’ve been looking for for years.

“And of course, I’ll score my last goal against Madrid. The last one wasn’t bad, was it?” Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football due to heart disease

John Verrall

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