Sergio Aguero Announces Retirement from Football in Tearful Press Conference at Nou Camp

Sergio Aguero Announces Retirement from Football in Tearful Press Conference at Nou Camp

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:51 PM
  • Aguero could not hold back tears as he announced he was retiring from football
  • The former Manchester City striker retires, having scored 427 goals in 786 games
  • The 33-year-old said in the press conference that his doctors advised him to hang his boots following a heart problem
  • Aguero only joined Barcelona this summer and made five appearances for the Catalan giants

Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football in a tearful press conference on Wednesday, December 15.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero made only five appearances for Barcelona since signing for the Catalans in the summer. Photo by Pedro Salado.
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The former Manchester City striker, 33, says he is “proud” of his career as he conceded the painful reality of his early retirement.

Aguero was taken to hospital on October 30 after complaining of chest pains during Barcelona’s game against Alaves, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

He has since been diagnosed with "cardiac arrhythmia" - a heart rhythm disorder, something he was suffering from at the start of his career.

Rumours were rife that the striker was set to announce an early retirement on Wednesday, a decision that was encouraged by his doctors.

True enough, the striker made an appearance at the Nou Camp where he made the heartbreaking announcement.

“The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health. 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," said Aguero.

Aguero's former boss Pep Guardiola was also present during the presser at the Nou Camp.

Despite his unprecedented retirement, there is no doubt that Aguero will go down in history as one of the most formidable strikers of his time.

Having started out at Independiente in Argentina, Aguero moved to Atletico Madrid, where he scored an impressive 101 goals in 234 appearances.

His form for the Los Colchoneros attracted interest from Manchester City, who acquired him for £38m.

He would go on to become Manchester City’s all-time goal scorer during a 10-year spell with the Citizens where he won five Premier League titles, six league cups and one FA Cup.

Sad ending for Aguero

Having switched to Barcelona in the summer, Aguero was barely given a decent environment to settle in well as he had to embark on a road to recovery from an injury, while the club struggled to get past their financial rut so they could register new signings.

Barca’s financial woes were also the reason Lionel Messi departed for Paris Saint Germain.

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