Barcelona Forward Sergio Aguero Retires From Football
Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football after receiving medical advice on his heart condition.
The Barcelona forward held a press conference on Wednesday to communicate his decision.
It was a move forced upon the 33-year-old after a cardiac arrythmia diagnosis following an episode of chest pains during his side’s 1-1 La Liga draw with Alaves on October 30.
Aguero had been granted a period of three months leave by Barcelona to undergo a "diagnostic and therapeutic process", but the results of that have not been conducive to a return to the game.
"This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football," Aguero said in a tearful speech. "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.
The diminutive Argentine was one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation, and finishes his career with 427 goals in 786 games.
As well as the many individual records and accolades he has accumulated, he has not been short on collective honours either.
He won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups with City, while with Argentina he won Olympic gold in 2008 before also lifting the Copa America last summer.