Premier League legend and Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football due to health issues.
Speaking in a press conference at Camp Nou today, Argentinian football icon Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from football less than a year after joining the Spanish football giants due to medical concerns.
“The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health. This conference is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football. It’s a very difficult moment. When they did the first physical test on me in the clinic, the medical staff called me to tell me there was a very big possibility that I wouldn’t be able to keep playing. From that point I was processing it all but it wasn’t easy. One of the doctors told me straight up, ‘that’s enough’.
“I want to tell everyone that I did everything possible. I dreamt about playing football since I was five years old and I first touched a ball. I never thought I would get to Europe, so I want to show my gratitude to everyone regardless of where I trained. I’m proud of the career I’ve had and am fortunate it is happening to me now rather than before. I don’t know what awaits me in the next life but I know there are a lot of people who love me and want the best for me.”
Just over a month ago, the former Manchester City striker was forced off just 42 minutes into his first home start for Barcelona before being taken to a local medical facility due to chest discomfort and apparent breathing issues.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was among a small crowd watching Aguero make the announcement next to the Nou Camp pitch.
"It's a very difficult moment … it's for my health."
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 15, 2021
Sergio Aguero has become one of the Premier Leagues all-time greatest forwards and is the competitions fourth all-time top goalscorer with 184 goals, behind only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole.
Aguero scored the winning goal for Manchester City against QPR to secure The Citizens the Premier League title in the final game of the season usurping rivals Manchester United at the final stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, Barcelona look set to dip into the Premier League for another South American replacement in Edinson Cavani.
Hooked on Sport would like to wish Sergio Aguero the best of health as he looks to tackle his heart problems following his retirement from professional football.