FC Barcelona and Argentina striker Sergio “Kun” Agüero announced his retirement as a professional player because of heart issues at Camp Nou before a ritzy football crowd. Agüero was exceptionally sad and enthusiastic during the declaration, and surprisingly thought that it is difficult to put himself out there.
“I have decided to stop playing football, it is a very difficult moment”, he began. “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”, he added.
He explained that “health” reasons deriving from the heart issues experienced that day against Alaves have brought about the decision at the age of 33 years old. I decided around 10 days ago… It’s taken me time to digest it.
Anyway, he acknowledged that he has retired a happy person and proud of a career packed with goals and trophies after spells with Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Barça and the Argentina national team.
“I am very happy with my career. I had always dreamed about playing football since I first kicked a ball at the age of 5 years old. I wanted to play in the Primera División and in Europe”, he admitted, talking gradually while apparently shaken.
During his speech, Agüero expressed gratitude toward every one of his partners all through his long football career, including the Barça players, regardless of the fact that it was for a brief time frame at the club.
“They are tremendous teammates and I am very happy about this Club”, he expressed.
Gauging everything up, Agüero thinks of it as positive that the present circumstance has happened when he is 33 years of age, rather than when he was more youthful.
When asked about his best times as a footballer, the Argentinian highlighted his early days with Independiente and his last title, winning the Copa América with . He also found time for a bit of humour by mentioning his final and only goal with Barça being against Real Madrid in the recent Clasico at Camp Nou.
Responding to Sergio Agüero’s retirement, several players incorporating close friends have poured in messages commending the Argentine player.
Laporta: “You have contributed hugely to football”Argentina
After Sergio Agüero spoke, president Joan Laporta dedicated a few emotional words. “I am here with you now but Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City or the Argentina national team could all be here with you too”, he explained. “We wanted to see more of you with Barça, but we think you made the right decision. You have our support whenever you need it”, he added.
We wanted to thank Agüero for his contribution to the world of football: “You’ve contributed hugely to football, both through talent and as a person”. We would have liked you to join us earlier, when you were an Atletico Madrid player”.
We would have liked to have you longer but you made the right decision. We wish you all the best, @aguerosergiokun! pic.twitter.com/pCFNIbOPYE
Mucho ánimo, te deseo lo mejor @aguerosergiokun! 💪🏻💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/yLcINQEOOR
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 15, 2021
Tu carrera es un ejemplo para todos aquellos que amamos el deporte.
Gracias, @aguerosergiokun! 🤟🏽🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/mqkKZNfhhe
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 15, 2021
One of the best strikers ever! Want to wish you all the best for the future legend. See you soon @aguerosergiokun pic.twitter.com/DLsZ2aL6jg
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) December 15, 2021
FuerzaKun ¡Gracias, querido @aguerosergiokun! Gracias por tantos años de fútbol, gambetas, goles y alegrías con la Albiceleste. Estarás por siempre en los corazones de cada argentino y te alentaremos toda la vida👏
¡Todo lo mejor para lo que venga!
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) December 15, 2021
One of the best to do it 🔥🔥 thank you for everything, take care bro 💙 pic.twitter.com/H1kBM9gkXo
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) December 15, 2021
Everyone at Manchester City would like to take this opportunity to thank @aguerosergiokun for his incredible contribution to our success over the last decade and wish him well in his retirement 💙 pic.twitter.com/AgMWXZtPZ8
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 15, 2021
Fue un honor disfrutar de tu fútbol vistiendo la rojiblanca. Mucha suerte, @aguerosergiokun. pic.twitter.com/pUIXeNl0X8
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 15, 2021
De #Independiente al mundo. Para toda la vida.
Gracias por el fútbol, @aguerosergiokun. Te queremos mucho y esta siempre va a ser tu casa.#GraciasKun #TodoRojo 🔴 pic.twitter.com/JRG1EgMx1J
— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) December 15, 2021
El futbol (y yo) te va a extrañar. Siempre contigo hermano ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3mPyyGpNll
— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) December 15, 2021
Fue un honor competir frente a un jugador como tú, @aguerosergiokun, uno de los mejores jugadores del mundo. Mucha suerte para ti y para tu familia.
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