Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has retired from football at the age of 33 due to a heart condition.
The Barcelona striker announced the news at a press conference at the Nou Camp on Wednesday morning, where he addressed the media alongside club president Joan Laporta.
He fell to the turf clutching his chest and was treated for several minutes before being able to walk off and taken to hospital.
The Argentinian was subsequently diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and has now announced he will be retiring.
At a press conference he 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.”
“I want to share my gratitude to everyone, regardless of where I’ve played … Atlético Madrid … Manchester City … Barça.”
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Aguero added: “I made that decision a week ago but I did everything possible to have some hope but there wasn’t very much. 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. Regardless of where I trained, Atletico Madrid who took a bet on my when I was just 18 years old. People from Manchester City, you all know how I feel about Manchester City.
“I did everything the best I could there. I’m very grateful as they looked after me really well. And then everyone here at Barca. Everyone’s been incredible. It’s without doubt one of the best teams in the world. I’m very grateful.
“And then obviously the Argentinian national team. I’m very grateful for everyone here. People who worked with me. Also to my team-mates and most recently those at Barca. I think I always did my best to help them win.
“I want to thank my team-mates who helped me to grow. I don’t know what awaits me in the next life but I know there are loads of people who love me. And I’m grateful to the press that are here. Most of them have treated me well! But no worries, it’s their work. I will remember all the amazing things, so thank you all.”
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