Argentina and FC Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has announced retirement from football due to his pertaining heart condition. The Argentine is mainly known for his world-class performances as a Manchester City striker. He played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s first-ever Premier League win. He also won a Copa America with Argentina in 2021.
Later on, he went on to win five league titles for Manchester City. He is the record goal-scorer of the Mancunian club with 260 goals in 390 appearances. Aguero opted for a transfer to FC Barcelona from City in the previous summer transfer window.
Aguero announced his retirement in a press conference alongside Barcelona president, Joan Laporta. An emotional Aguero 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 5,” he added.
The football world wished Aguero on his sad retirement. Lionel Messi in fact said, “I wish you the best in this new stage!!! I love you very much my friend and I am going to miss our times together on the pitch and with the Argentina national team!!!”
Here are some other responses from other football players:
One of the best strikers ever! Want to wish you all the best for the future legend. See you soon @aguerosergiokun pic.twitter.com/DLsZ2aL6jg
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) December 15, 2021
King @aguerosergiokun, i wish you moments like this also off the pitch! pic.twitter.com/GM9W3bd66A
— Roberto Mancini (@robymancio) December 15, 2021
Life, family and health are above and beyond everything.
Love you amigo ❤️ #Kunkun pic.twitter.com/kag09KUThW
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) December 15, 2021
A true legend of the game.
It was an honour to play with you, Sergio.
I wish you all the best for your future. @aguerosergiokun pic.twitter.com/hMybroRitH
— Leroy Sané (@leroy_sane) December 15, 2021
All of Aguero’s teams also congratulate the striker on an illustrious career:
🤟 𝐔𝐧 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞. pic.twitter.com/08ReHJeFEw
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) December 15, 2021
Thank you, Sergio 💙#ManCity pic.twitter.com/idj2Rf8RxL
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 15, 2021
Fue un honor disfrutar de tu fútbol vistiendo la rojiblanca. Mucha suerte, @aguerosergiokun. pic.twitter.com/pUIXeNl0X8
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 15, 2021
#FuerzaKun ¡Gracias, querido @aguerosergiokun! Gracias por tantos años de fútbol, gambetas, goles y alegrías con la Albiceleste. Estarás por siempre en los corazones de cada argentino y te alentaremos toda la vida👏
¡Todo lo mejor para lo que venga!
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) December 15, 2021
“I am still processing everything. Then they called me to tell me it was definitive. Right now, I am OK, but I know it was difficult,” said Aguero at the press conference.
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