By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Soccer legend Sergio Agüero has announced his retirement. The Argentina native said during a press conference at Camp Nou that he had to step away due to a heart issue.
“I am proud or happy for my career,” Agüero said. “Since I was five years old, I have dreamed of playing soccer, being in the First Division [in Argentina], I never thought of arriving in Europe. Thanks, Independiente, Atlético de Madrid, who bet on me when I was 18 years old, the people of City, who already know how I feel, I have left the best.
“To Barça, it has been incredible, I knew that I was coming to one of the best clubs in the world, but things happen for a reason. And to the Argentina national team, which is what I love the most.”
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Doctors advised him to step away from the game. He has been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia.
“This press conference is to communicate that I’ve decided to stop playing soccer,” an emotional Agüero said. “It’s a very hard moment but I’m at peace with the decision I made.”
He first experienced heart problems back in October when he was taken to a hospital. He went to the hospital following Barcelona and Alaves drew to a 1-1 tie.
He had chest pains and breathing problems during the game.
“First is my health, you know the problem I had a month or so ago,” Agüero said. “I was in the good hands of the doctors, who told me it was best for me to stop playing and I made this decision a week or 10 days ago. I did my best to see if there was any hope but there hasn’t been much.”
He played in just four games for Barcelona. He had one goal for the team.
Before joining Barcelona, he played for Independiente, Atlético Madrid, and Manchester City. He played in a career-high 275 games with Manchester City from 2011 through 2021.
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