BARCELONA, Spain, Dec.15 – Barcelona and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from football on Wednesday in a tearful press conference, just over a month after the 33-year-old was diagnosed with a heart problem .
“I decided to stop playing professional football. It’s a very hard moment but I’m happy with my decision. My health comes first, ”said Aguero, who had 10 very successful years at Manchester City before leaving at the end of last season.
He signed a two-year contract with Barcelona but had made just five appearances, scoring a goal against Real Madrid, before being rushed to hospital with respiratory problems after a home game against Alaves in October.
Aguero was then diagnosed with a heart problem and forced to accept that he could no longer play.
“I made this decision because of problems I had a little over a month ago. I was in good hands with the medics who also did their best and told me the best thing to do was to stop playing, ”he said during the press conference at the Camp Nou, which his Barcelona teammates attended.
“I did my best to keep hope, but there wasn’t much hope.”
Aguero started his career at Independiente in his native Argentina before moving to Europe in 2006 to sign for Atletico Madrid.
He won the Europa League during his time with the Spanish team, then moved to City in 2011.
Aguero left the Etihad Stadium a decade later as the all-time leading scorer with 260 goals, the most famous being his injury strike against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 which won the Premier League title.
“I am very proud of the career I have had,” he added.
“Everyone knows the goal I scored for City against Queens Park Rangers to win my first Premier League, but there were a lot of good times.”