Sergio Aguero announces his retirement at Wednesday’s press conference.© AFP
Barcelona and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero on Wednesday, he announced his retirement from football at a tear-soaked press conference, just over a month after the 33-year-old was diagnosed with a heart problem. “I have decided to stop playing professional football. It’s a very tough moment, but I’m happy with my decision. My health comes first,” said Aguero, who had 10 very successful years at Manchester City before traveling to Barcelona at the end of last season on a free transfer.
Here is the video of Aguero addressing the media at Wednesday’s press conference.
“It’s a very difficult moment … it’s for my health.”
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Aguero had heart and breathing problems while playing in La Liga in October. Aguero was accompanied at the press conference on Wednesday by club president Joan Laporta. The 33-year-old joined Barca from Manchester City in July after helping Argentina win the Copa America.
Just before his switch, he was hit by Covid-19, and on October 30, he was rushed to hospital after breathing problems while playing in the League match against Alaves.
“It looks like the Argentine striker will announce his retirement after suffering from cardiac arrhythmia,” Mundo Deportivo wrote on Tuesday.
The club said after undergoing heart tests in November that Aguero would be unavailable for the next three months while the effectiveness of treatment was evaluated.
At the time, Aguero said he remained positive.
“There are rumors, but I follow the club doctor’s opinion and we will see how I feel in 90 days,” he wrote on Twitter.
Aguero left Man City as their all-time record scorer with 260 goals and the most goals scored for a single club in Premier League history – 184 goals in 275 appearances.
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