The Manchester City Legend & FC Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has decided to hang up his boots at the age of 33 due to a heart condition, bringing to an end his illustrious 18-year career.
Aguero has not played since the end of October when he was taken off during the first half of Barca’s draw with Alaves after experiencing chest pain.
Barcelona later announced that the discomfort had been caused by an arrhythmia — a broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal — which would require treatment over a three-month period.
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Aguero moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer in the summer following his departure from Manchester City, having spent the previous 10 years of his career at Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero announced his retirement
Aguero confirmed his heartbreaking decision to hang up his boots rather than taking the risk to continue playing in an official press conference at Camp Nou.
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“This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football,” he said. “It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have taken is for my health [and relates to] 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 doing everything possible to have some hope of playing on. I am very proud of my career. I always dreamed of a professional career since the first time I touched a ball at five.
“I want to thank Atletico Madrid who took a chance on me when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows how I feel about City and how well they treated me there.
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“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.”
We love you, Kun. 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/88dtg9xKJd— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 15, 2021
STATS BY CLUBS
|Atlético de Madrid||230||100||45|
|Club Atlético Independiente||38||18|
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
|World Cup Qualification||28||9||3|
|English League Cup||Manchester City||6||2014,2016,2018,2019,2020,2021|
|English Premier League||Manchester City||5||2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021|
|Community Shield||Manchester City||3||2013, 2019, 2020|
|FA Cup||Manchester City||1||2019|
|Europa League||Atlético de Madrid||1||2009-10|
|UEFA Super Cup||Atlético de Madrid||1||2010-11|
|Under-20 World Cup||Argentina U20||2||2007, 2005|
|Olympic Medal||Argentina OT||1||2008|