The painful farewell to football of Barcelona striker Sergio “Kun” Agüero, for his heart problems

The Argentine player Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero announced this Wednesday, December 15, at the age of 33, his retirement from professional football due to the cardiac arrhythmia he suffered on October 30. in a match with FC Barcelona, ​​his last club as a professional player, a decision he has made because, as he said, “health comes first.”

The announcement took place at a ceremony held in the stands of the Camp Nou which was attended by, among others, the president of the Catalan entity, Joan Laporta, the Barcelona squad, and Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, the club where Agüero was a member of the military between 2011 and 2021.

“This conference is to inform you that I have decided to stop playing professional soccer. It is a very hard time, but I am very happy for the decision I made. The first thing is my health ”, explained through tears the Argentine international, former player of Independiente de Avellaneda, Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona.

The Barça club installed a platform in the stadium’s grandstand, where they also placed a screen with a photo of the player with Barcelona’s jacket and the message “Culer once, culer forever.”

Agüero appeared after noon (in Spain), accompanied at the lectern by Laporta, and sat on a chair with the president. She was crying for three minutes until she began a speech explaining the reasons for her decision.

“I made the decision ten days ago. I did everything possible to see if there was any hope, but there have not been many, “said the Argentine player, who revealed that” for sure “he will continue to be linked to football.

On October 30, Agüero had to retire before the end of the first part of the LaLiga match against Alavés due to chest discomfort that was later found to have been caused by a cardiac arrhythmia.

On November 1, the club issued a statement in which it reported that the footballer would be absent while “the effectiveness of the treatment was evaluated to determine his recovery process.”

Finally, doctors have determined that this heart condition will not allow him to continue playing in the elite.

“When I had my first physical test done at the clinic, the doctors called me to tell me that there was a very great possibility that I would not continue as a professional. It was not easy, I had been processing it because of what the doctor told me. When they called me and told me it was final, it took me a few more days to process it, “he said.

However, the ‘Kun’ sent an optimistic message about what happened: “In the end that has happened to me now with 33 years is positive, because today I am telling it.”

After his speech, the Argentine was more relaxed answering questions from journalists to review his career.

Agüero, acknowledged that he would have liked to win “more things”, although he was “very happy” for the titles achieved at the club and national team level.

Aguero abruptly ends a brilliant career. In 2003, he made his debut at the age of 15 in the Argentine Independiente de Avellaneda, made the leap to Europe with the Atlético de Madrid jacket (2006-2011) and became a legend for 10 years at Manchester City 2011-2021, where he ended his stage being the top scorer in the history of the English club with 260 goals.

He signed free last summer for Barcelona and only played 165 minutes spread over five games.

In the Argentine national team, he became a luxury squire for Leo Messi, and last summer he won the Copa América. Along with Messi he had also won the Olympic title, in Beijing 2008.

When asked how he would define his career, the former player smiled to close the act: “I prefer that people say what I deserve, that they put whatever name they want in my career. I am not going to say that I am a crack ”.

The event closed with a family photo with, among others, Antonio López, representing Atlético de Madrid, Pep Guardiola, City sports director Txiki Begiristain, and Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández.

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