Barcelona striker and Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has been forced to retire at the age of 33 due to a heart condition. Aguero had been sidelined from the end of October when he was taken off during the first half of Barca’s draw with Alaves after he complained of chest pain. FC Barcelona later had 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.
The former Manchester City forward has since been subjected to regular cardiac exams to monitor his health, with the results advising him it would be a risk to carry on with his professional career. Thus, the time has come to hang up his boots.
Sergio Aguero bids goodbye to football
Sergio Aguero had announced his retirement at a news conference on Wednesday, joined by Barca president Joan Laporta.
Sergio Aguero was quite emotional while making the announcement as he said: “This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have taken for my health; 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 for 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 who I feel about City and how well they treated me there.”
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 💙 pic.twitter.com/AgMWXZtPZ8
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 15, 2021
Kun, you'll always have a home here at Barça pic.twitter.com/dVBT7plcWl
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 15, 2021
Playing for Premier League giants, Manchester City, Aguero had scored the dramatic last-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season to help City win their first Premier League title. That moment still remains to be one of the iconic moments in the footballing history.
In total, he won 15 trophies in England, including five league titles, and is City’s record goalscorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances. Aguero has also won 101 caps for Argentina, scoring 41 goals, and was part of the squad that won the Copa America last summer and was a runner-up at the World Cup in 2014.