Barcelona and Argentina forward Sergio Agüero announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 on Wednesday after being diagnosed with heart disease. That was the curtain on an 18-year career in which he scored more than 400 goals.
Aguero was hospitalized on October 30 after suffering chest pain and difficulty breathing in the 1-1 draw against Barcelona’s Alaves. The club announced a few days later that it would be out for at least three months after a heart analysis.
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“This press conference aims to announce that I have decided to stop playing football. It’s a very tough moment, but I’m happy with my decision, ”said a tearful Aguero at a meeting at Camp Nou.
“It is a decision I made to keep my health. The doctors told me that it would be better to stop playing. I made the decision about 10 days ago. “
“I am very proud of my career, it has been a dream come true. I just wanted to be a professional and I never thought that I would play in Europe one day. “
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The Argentine made a free transfer to Barca in the narrow season, but only made five appearances in all competitions due to a calf injury and heart problems and scored once in a 2-1 home defeat by Real Madrid.
After a decade, Aguero moved to the Premier League champions Manchester City in Spain, where he scored 260 goals in 390 games, becoming the club’s record scorer.