Aguero weeps, announces retirement from football


Aguero (Google photo)

 .Barcelona player retires because of heart problem

By Valentine Amanze

Sergio Aguero, the 33-year-old Barcelona striker, has finally announced his retirement from active professional football amid tears on Wednesday December 15, 2021.

“I have decided to stop playing professional football,” the striker said in front of an intimate audience of friends, family and teammates from a prolific 18-year career that has come to a sad and sudden end.

Aguero, one of the world’s greatest strikers of this generation, underwent tests after leaving the field, holding his chest, during Barcelona’s match against Alaves in the Spanish league on October 30.

“When they did the first test in the clinic, the medical staff called to tell me there was a very big possibility that I wouldn’t be able to keep playing,” Aguero said. “… I was still processing everything when one of the doctors told me straight up, ‘That’s enough.’”

At a specially arranged press conference on the field at Camp Nou, Aguero looked on in sadness as a highlight reel of his career was played on a screen. There were goals — and lots of them — shown from his time playing for Independiente, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Argentina and his brief spell at Barcelona, which he joined in May but for whom he only managed to make five appearances.

He smiled as he reminded everyone the final goal of his career was against Real Madrid, Barcelona’s big rival.

On how he would like to be remembered, Aguero — living up to his reputation as a shy person — said he wasn’t the person to ask.

“I wasn’t bad, right? That’s what they tell me.”

One of the world’s most recognizable players, with his powerful shot and explosive movement, Aguero will best be remembered as a player for his 10-year stint at Man City during which he became a great of the English game.

Aguero scored a club-record 260 goals for City and was a key player in the growth of the team as a major force in England and Europe.

He had a record 12 hat tricks in his total haul of 184 Premier League goals, the most for an overseas player and the fourth most all-time.

He also scored what is surely the Premier League’s most famous goal, the dramatic stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers that clinched the title for City on the final day of the 2011-12 season.

City manager Pep Guardiola, who is a former coach at Barcelona and molded Aguero into a more all-round striker during their time together in England, was at Camp Nou. City fans sang Aguero’s name during the team’s 7-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday.

“One of the best strikers ever,” City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne wrote on Twitter.

Aguero, who joined City from Atlético Madrid in 2011, struggled with injuries in his final two seasons at City and was allowed to leave. He signed for Barcelona, where he thought he’d be linking up with close friend and Argentina teammate Lionel Messi only for the seven-time world player of the year to join Paris Saint-Germain because of the club’s financial problems.


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