When Martin Tyler said “AGUEROOOOOO!” in 2013, the world of football knew that they were witnessing something extremely extraordinary. The Man City striker had sealed an incredible Premier League title in the dying moments of the season and Sergio Aguero was the name which had been etched down in the history books of the sport forever.
The Argentine produced many more magical moments on the field throughout his career but as it is often said that all good things come to an end. Unfortunately, Aguero’s football journey is coming towards a conclusion way before anyone could have ever imagined. After joining FC Barcelona ahead of this season in a sensational move, the 33-year-old suffered from heart problem and as a result of the same, he has been forced to retire from professional football.
A press-conference was scheduled to take place on Wednesday where Aguero literally broke down in tears while making the most difficult announcement of his life. With Pep Guardiola, members and representatives of Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Argentina present in the audience, it was always going to be a tough address for the player and as it turned out, it was indeed very challenging.
The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health: Aguero
While being in tears, Aguero said, “This conference is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football…. I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health. That is the main reason for my decision, for the problem I had a month and a half ago. I was in good hands of the medical staff that have done their best and told me that the best thing would be to stop playing.”
Watch the video here:
"I have decided to stop playing football."
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 15, 2021
I’m very proud of the career I’ve had: Aguero
The 33-year-old revealed that he made the decision to retire a week. He admitted that he did everything possible to have some hope but there wasn’t very much. Aguero said, “I’m very proud of the career I’ve had. I’m very happy. I always dreamt about playing football. I want to show my gratitude to everyone.”
He thanked Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Argentina and everyone who played a key role in his football career. Notably, Aguero played 764 competitive matches for club and country, where he scored a phenomenal number of 420 goals. There is certainly no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the best strikers of modern era.