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ATLANTA GEORGIA––The professional soccer career of Argentine star striker Sergio Aguero is now officially over.
On Wednesday, Aguero alongside FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced his retirement at 33 due to a heart condition.
Aguero has not played for Barcelona since the end of October when he was taken off during the first half of Barca’s draw with Alaves after experiencing chest pain.
Barcelona later announced that the discomfort had been caused by an arrhythmia — a broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal — that would require treatment over a three-month period.
“This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have taken for my health; the problem I had a month and a half ago.I have been in good hands with the medical staff. I made the decision 10 days ago after doing everything possible to have some hope of playing on. I am very proud for my career. I always dreamed of a professional career since the first time I touched a ball at 5” Aguero said.
Former Barcelona star Lionel Messi who is a good friend of Aguero had kind words for his former teammate via an Instagram tribute.
“Practically all of our career together, Kun… We have lived very beautiful moments and others that were not so much so, but all of them brought us together even more and made us closer as friends. And we are going to continue to live moments together off the pitch,” Messi wrote.
The veteran Argentine striker played for Manchester City before transferring to Barcelona to play alongside Messi.
Messi and Aguero have been friends, international teammates, for the past 20 years.
The two were playing together when Argentina won the U20 World Cup in 2005 and were gold medal winners at the Olympic Games in 2008 with the Albiceleste.
During his stay with Manchester City, Aguero scored 260 goals including the title-clinching goal when they won the English top-flight in 2011-12 for the first time in 44 years.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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