Barcelona striker Sergio Kun Aguero has officially announced his retirement from football.
The Argentine announced his forced exit from the round leather game at a press conference joined by Barcelona president Joan Laporta.
The Argentine had to retire forcefully aged 33 due to a heart condition. Having been taken off in the first half of a draw against Alaves in October after experiencing a chest pain, it was announced that the discomfort had been caused by an arrhythmia [abnormal heart rhythm] that would require treatment over a three-month period.
Ever since, regular cardiac exams have been carried out to monitor his health, but the results didn’t bode well as he was advised it would be a risk to carry on with his professional career.
An emotional Aguero started his speech stating he has ‘decided to stop playing professional football’ because of his health.
“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.
“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.”
“I feel OK right now. Obviously the first two weeks were really difficult. When they did the first physical test on me, the medical staff told me there was a very big possibility I would not be able to continue playing.
“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.”Sergio Aguero’s retirement words
Having donned the colours of Independiente in Argentina, Aguero played for the likes of Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona during his playing career in Europe creating history with Manchester City along the line.
After his emotional announcement, alot of friends and well wishers took social media pay their tributes to the legendary marksman.
Former Barcelona star and a teammate on the national team, Lionel Messi had kind words for his former teammate via his Instagram handle while also uploading some pictures of their time together.
“Practically all of our career together, Kun… We have lived very beautiful moments and others that were not so much so, but all of them brought us together even more and made us closer as friends. And we are going to continue to live moments together off the pitch,
With so much happiness to lift the Copa America such a short time ago and with all of your accomplishments in England, the truth is that it hurts a lot to see how you must leave what you love the most due to what has happened.
“I am sure you will continue to be happy because you are the type of person who radiates happiness and those of us who love you are going to be with you. Now you will start a new stage in your life and I am convinced that you are going to live it with a big smile and with all the same hopefulness that you put into everything.
“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!!!”Lionel Messi on Instagram
The conference was graced by Barca legend and City manager Pep Guardiola alongside director of football Txiki Begiristain. The entire Barca first-team squad and representatives from Aguero’s former clubs were also present.
Barca president Joan Laporta said;
“Sergio, I think, as we just saw, we are left with deep joy and excitement with what you could have been here at Barcelona, but anything you need with your condition we are here at your disposal,”
“You will be remembered not just as a player, but as a friend. A new journey awaits, and I am sure it will be just as successful. You deserve it.”
Sergio Aguero will be remembered for delivering Manchester City their first league title in 2011 after scoring a stoppage time winner against QPR.
The Manchester side also took to their Twitter page to pay their tribute;
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.”Manchester City on Twitter
Aguero’s final goal was against Real Madrid having come from the bench to grab a late consolation for Barcelona in a 2-1 El Clasico this season.
The ‘Los Merengues’ also eulogised through a social media post;
“It was an honour to compete against a player like you, one of the best players in the world. Good luck to you and your family.”
Aguero left Independiente in Argentina as a teenager with Independiente before signing with Atletico Madrid in 2006. He went on to score 102 goals in five years in Spain before joining City in a deal worth around €40 million.
Atletico sent a message to the striker on social media and wrote: “Thanks for the memories, Sergio. We wish you all the best. It was an honour to enjoy your football in red and white. Good luck”
Aguero created long lasting memories in the heart of fans of the clubs he played for in particular and the world of football at large, these feats include scoring that dramatic last-minute winner vs QPR mentioned earlier.
The Argentine was pivotal in City’s growth over the past decade and saw the club announce recently that he would be honoured with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
In all, he won 15 trophies in England, including five league titles, and is City’s record goal scorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances.
Aguero finally concluded his speech comforting himself with the fact that his last goal was against Real Madrid.
“And of course, I will take my last goal against Madrid. It is not bad for a last goal, is it?”
The striker concluded.
From the entire Ojbsport.com crew we thank Sergio Kun Aguero for the memories created and wish him a happy retirement.