Aguero retires from football due to heart condition
Sergio Aguero, one of the most prolific strikers of his generation, is retiring from football at the age of 33 because of a heart arrhythmia.
"I have decided to stop playing football, it is a very difficult moment," the tearful forward said. "I decided around 10 days ago after having done everything possible in case there was a chance... but it wasn't to be. It's taken me time to digest it.
Doctors initially told Aguero to follow a conservative therapeutic program for three months, but further tests this week determined the issue was severe enough to bring a premature end to his career.
Aguero played just five times for Barcelona because of a previous calf injury.
A winner of 15 senior titles, Aguero is best remembered for his heroics in the 94th minute of the 2011-12 Premier League season finale, which clinched Manchester City's first top-flight title since 1968.
In all, Aguero scored 427 goals in 786 matches for club and country.
Initially, the prolific striker denied reports that a heart condition had forced him to retire.
"Always positive," Aguero said Nov. 12. "There are rumors going around, but I'm following the club doctor's opinion, and we'll see how I am in 90 days."
He was substituted and taken to hospital for tests after experiencing dizziness in the first half of a 1-1 draw with Alaves. Aguero motioned to his chest and throat when medics approached him on the pitch.
In January, Aguero tested positive for COVID-19 and required more than a month to recover, disrupting his final season with City. He spent a decade with the club, winning 12 titles and becoming its all-time leading scorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances.
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