Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero announces retirement due to heart condition at emotional press conference

Sergio Agüero, star of Barcelona and Argentina, has announced his retirement due to heart disease.

Aguero moved to the Camp Nou for free in the summer after his departure from Manchester City, having spent the previous 10 years of his career at Etihad Stadium. A calf injury caused the 33-year-old to miss the start of the season at Barca, and he only ended up making five appearances for the club before a serious health scare put him out of action indefinitely, putting him out of action. which finally forced him to ask for time in his professional career.

What has been said?

Agüero confirmed his heartbreaking decision to hang up his boots rather than risk continuing to play at an official press conference at the Camp Nou.

“This conference is to announce that I have decided to stop playing professional soccer,” he said. “It is a very difficult time. The decision I have made 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.

Agüero was accompanied by several key figures in his announcement. Barcelona president Joan Laporte was by his side during the announcement, and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was also present. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández was also present, along with representatives from the other clubs Agüero played for in his career.

“I made the decision 10 days ago after doing everything possible to have some hope of continuing to play. 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 Atlético from Madrid who took a risk with me when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows how I feel about City and how well they treated me there. I’ll go with my head held high. I don’t know what awaits me next time part of my life. But I know I have people who love me. I will always remember the wonderful things. “

‘Life comes first’

On Wednesday, Agüero took to social media to post an emotional open letter detailing his decision to walk away from the game.

After receiving comments from doctors, Agüero made the decision that “life comes first”, saying that his forced retirement is far from being a tragedy given the highs he reached during his professional career.

“Life goes on and there is much ahead,” said part of Agüero’s statement. “It will be a new stage, different by the way, but I will continue as I have done so far: always positive, with enthusiasm and joy.”

Aguero heart disease

Aguero was initially admitted to hospital after suffering chest pains during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alavés in November.

The Argentine, who began his career at Independiente before joining Atlético in 2006, underwent a series of tests before doctors determined that a cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, was the main cause of his discomfort.

If Agüero had continued to play, he would have risked a life-threatening episode like the one suffered by Danish international Christian Eriksen during Euro 2020.

Agüero’s career

Sergio Agüero began his career in the quarry of the Argentine Independiente. He would make his debut for the club in 2005, and would soon impress enough to earn himself a 2006 signing for Spain’s Atlético de Madrid.

Five years and exactly 100 goals later, he was heading to Manchester City, where he would become a club legend during a 10-year stint with the English club. He would be instrumental in securing the club’s first Premier League title, scoring the iconic goal against Queens Park Rangers that saw City pass rivals Manchester United at the top of the table with just seconds left for the season. He would make 390 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions, scoring 260 goals and winning five Premier League championships, one FA Cup and six League Cups.

Internationally, Agüero would eclipse the century mark for Argentina, making 101 appearances from his 2006 debut against Brazil to his last appearance in the 2021 Copa América quarterfinals against Ecuador, a competition that Argentina triumphed with fame. He scored 41 international goals, the last of which came in a 2019 friendly against Uruguay.