Sergio Aguero retires from football
Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Manchester City legend, Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football.
The 33-year-old striker was recently diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat. The Barcelona man was taken to hospital after he suffered chest pain in the 1-1 draw with Alaves in October. He was then ruled unavailable for selection.
Aguero's treatment was kept under evaluation for the next three months with a plan to determine his recovery from the issue.
Aguero, however, has since taken the decision to end his playing career. He announced this at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. His former City manager Pep Guardiola was in attendance, along with a number of names from his time in Manchester, his Barcelona teammates and his Argentina colleagues.
He was in tears when he was initially introduced. After composing himself he said: “This is to tell you that I have decided to stop playing professional football.
“It is a very tough moment, but I am happy with the decision I have taken. First comes my health. I took the decision for the problems I had a month and a bit ago. I was in good hands of the doctors who told me the best was to stop playing. I took the decision about a week ago, I did everything possible to keep hope alive, but there was not much. I am very proud for my career, very happy.
“I always dreamed of playing football, thankful to everyone who has helped me, at Atletico, at City, I am very grateful because I was treated very well. And the people at Barca have been incredible with me.
“I wanted to come to the best team in the world, but things happen for a reason, and they have treated me very well here. Also, I am grateful to the Argentina national team, and everybody here in this moment, my family.”
Aguero joined Barcelona from Manchester City this summer on a free transfer. He scored 184 goals in 275 Premier League appearances at City to become the club's all-time top scorer.
He did not make his debut for the Catalan giants until October having recovered from a calf injury. He has made only five appearances and scored one goal for Barcelona.
Aguero signed for City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and won five Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad. His first title was secured thanks to his famous injury-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. He also won one FA Cup and six League Cups.
At international level, the forward helped Argentina win this year's Copa America and represented them at three World Cups. He clocked up 101 games for his country, scoring 41 goals.