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Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Kun Aguero looks on as he addresses a press conference to announce his retirement from football, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Barcelona and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero on Wednesday announced his retirement from football due to a heart problem.

The 33-year-old former Manchester City hit-man, at a tearful press conference in Barcelona, said he was retiring due to a heart problem diagnosed over a month.

“I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very hard moment but I am happy with my decision. My health comes first,” said Aguero, who enjoyed 10 highly successful years at the Blue side of Manchester before leaving at the end of last season.

Aguero signed a two-year deal with Barcelona but had made just five appearances, scoring one goal against Real Madrid, before being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties after a match at home to Alaves in October.

He was then diagnosed with a heart problem and forced to accept that he would not be able to play again.

Aguero began his career at Independiente in his native Argentina before moving to Europe in 2006 to sign for Atletico Madrid.

He won the Europa League during his time with the Spanish side and then moved to City in 2011.

The Argentina international left the Etihad Stadium a decade later as their all-time leading scorer with 260 goals, the most famous being his injury-time strike against Queens Park Rangers in May, 2012, which won the Premier League title.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; editing by Saadatu Albashir