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Aguero retires from football over heart condition

Author:
Remi Sulola

Sergio Aguero, Barcelona forward, has announced his retirement from football due to a heart condition.

The Argentina striker was taken off during the first half of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alaves after experiencing chest pain and dizziness.

The 33-year-old was thereafter taken to hospital for cardiac tests, after which he was ruled out for three months.

But on Wednesday, Aguero announced his retirement as reported on Barcelona’s website.

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“This announcement is to let you know that I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very hard decision,” he said.

“First of all, it’s my health; you know the problem I had a month and a bit ago. I was in good hands with the doctors, they told me that the best thing to do was to stop playing and I took this decision a week or 10 days ago.

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“I did everything I could to see if there was any hope, but there was not much hope. I am proud and happy for how my career went.

“Since I was five years old I have dreamed of playing football, of being in the [Argentine] First Division, I never thought of going to Europe.

“I want to thank Independiente, Atletico Madrid, who placed their faith in me when I was 18 years old, the people at City, who know how I feel, I have left the best.

“To Barcelona, it has been incredible, I knew I was coming to one of the best clubs in the world, but things happen for a reason. And to the national team, which is what I love the most.”

Aguero scored 436 goals in 802 games as a professional for Independiente (23 goals), Atletico Madrid (101), Manchester City (260), and FC Barcelona (1). He also scored goals for the Argentina national team — 9 for the youth teams and 42 as a full international.

He won 15 trophies in England, including five league titles.

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