Sergio Aguero: Barcelona forward announces his retirement from football after heart problems
Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero has taken the decision to retire from football after medical advice relating to his heart problems. The 33-year-old was taken from the field during a La Liga encounter with Alaves on October 30 and was diagnosed with cardiac arrythmia - a condition that has brought the curtain down early on a glorious career.
Sergio 'Kun' Aguero of FC Barcelona looks emotional during a press conference to announce his retirement from football
Aguero had been granted a period of three months leave by Barcelona to undergo a "diagnostic and therapeutic process", but the results of that have not been conducive to a return to the game.
"This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football," Aguero said in a tearful speech. "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 five.
"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.
The We Are 1894 Manchester City supporters group display a flag of Sergio Aguero during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester City and Club Brugge KV at Etihad Stadium
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"I will leave with my head held high. I don't know what awaits me in the next part of my life. But I know I have people who love me. I will always remember the amazing things."
The Manchester City legend had only moved to Catalonia last summer, featuring just five times for his new club before the issue came to the surface.
Aguero will go down in history as one of the legends of the game.
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The diminutive Argentine was one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation, and finishes his career with 427 goals in 786 games.
As well as the many individual records and accolades he has accumulated, he has not been short on collective honours either.
He won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups with City, while with Argentina he won Olympic gold in 2008 before also lifting the Copa America last summer.