Barcelona striker, Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football.
The 33-year-old who has not played since the end of October when he was taken off during the first half of Barca’s draw with Alaves after experiencing chest pain is retiring due to a heart condition.
Aguero while completing a press conference organised on his behalf, stood to leave and the crowd rose to give him a standing ovation.
Aguero was honoured by representatives from Atletico, Barcelona, the Argentina football federation and the Spanish football federation after the talented striker announced his retirement.
Those that represented Manchester City at the event were Coach Pep Guardiola and director of football Txixi Begiristain.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper, and teammate of Aguero, Joe Hart, also paid tribute to Aguero, after they both spent several seasons together at Manchester City, helping the club win its first Premier League title.
Hart said, “Sad news,”
“I think goes without saying that the entire footballing world appreciates you for the player you are, everything you achieved in the game and all the smiles you put on people’s faces.
“You were a great team-mate and a good friend. It is sad but I think it is important you look at all the amazing things you have done but good luck for the future, congratulations on an amazing career and stay safe.”
Aguero, while sharing his thoughts also made some comments about the beautiful round leather game.
“People saying playing football is easy. It isn’t. Every day you are travelling, training, playing. I think most people have great respect for players. I am sure I will be connected to the game still and I can enjoy life a little bit more.
“I am not going to be anyone for a while!”
On how he thinks he should be remembered: “I would prefer that people say what I deserve. I don’t know. I am not the person who can decide that.”