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Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football

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Former Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has officially bid farewell to playing active football.

The Argentine joined LaLiga giants Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer, after an impressive career at City, breaking their all-time scoring record, with 184 goals in 275 games, including 12 hat-tricks.

During a press conference at Camp Nou to announce his retirement on Wednesday, a visibly emotional Aguero said his decision was due to his health condition after he was recently diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

“My health comes first. Medical staff have told me it’s best to stop playing and so I’m now leaving Barcelona and retiring from professional football,” the 33-year-old said in tears.

Aguero expressed gratitude to everyone who has been a part of his professional career as a footballer.

He said, “I want to thank Atletico Madrid who took a chance on me when I was 18 and Manchester City, everyone knows who I feel about City and how well they treated me there.”

The fourth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, Aguero moved to City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and lifted five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups during his stint at the Etihad Stadium.

At the national team level, the forward scored 41 goals in 101 games for Argentina, made three World Cup appearances, and helped them win the Copa America earlier this year.

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