Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero ‘tells close friends he will RETIRE from football… with ex-Manchester City star set to bring glittering career to an end’ after cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis
- Sergio Aguero suffered chest pains while playing for Barcelona against Alaves
- Subsequent tests saw him diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia last month
- The Catalan side ruled the 33-year-old Argentine out of action for three months
- Reports, however, now suggest Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer will retire
Sergio Aguero has told close friends he will bring his glittering career to an end after suffering heart problems, according to reports.
The Barcelona striker was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia last month after being forced off with chest pains in their 1-1 draw against Alaves.
The Catalan giants ruled the 33-year-old Argentine out of action for the three months as a period of rest once extensive medical tests had been carried out.
Sergio Aguero has reportedly told close friends he will retire due to his heart problems
The Barcelona striker was forced off with chest pains in last month’s draw against Alaves
But The Telegraph, as well as reports in Spain, claim Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer is now set to hang up his boots, bringing a stunning career which has included five Premier League titles to a close.
Spanish journalist Gerard Romero also claims a press conference has been scheduled to announce his retirement next week, though Barcelona have yet to make a formal announcement.
There have been conflicting statements since the shock reports in Spain first broke, however.
Ex-City star Samir Nasri told Canal Plus in France that his former team-mate ‘sent me a message and unfortunately he has confirmed [that he is retiring].’
He was later diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia and was ruled out of action for three months
The ex-France international added: ‘A lot of sadness, he’s a great guy and a great person. I am sad because it is not a choice, it is unfortunately forced.
‘I know the love he has for the sport, and to end like this will hurt a lot. He is someone I appreciate a lot.’
But new Barcelona boss Xavi – whose tenure got off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory against Espanyol in the Catalan derby – insisted ‘what has come out is not true’.
The Barcelona coach said: ‘I don’t know [the latest]. I spoke to him the other day and what has come out is not true. The club does not have this information. I don’t know where it’s come from. This is a medical issue.’
Aguero’s ex-Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri said the Argentine had sent him a message confirming the news
Aguero has spent the last 18 years playing professionally for the likes of Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Man City and Barcelona.
His most successful period undoubtedly came at the Etihad Stadium, where he scored 260 goals in 390 games, the most famous of which was the 94th-minute winner against QPR in 2012 to seal City’s first ever Premier League crown.
He also won an FA Cup and six League Cups before leaving on a free transfer for the Camp Nou outfit this summer, where he agreed a two-year deal shortly before the official departure of close friend Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.
A calf injury meant Aguero’s Barcelona debut was delayed until October 17, when he came on for the final three minutes of their 3-1 victory against Valencia under ex-boss Ronald Koeman.
But Barcelona boss Xavi insisted ‘what has come out is not true’ after his side beat Espanyol
His only Barcelona goal in his four appearances for the club came in the 2-1 Clasico reverse against Real Madrid, and suffered heart problems on his full home debut six days later.
Aguero insisted he was in ‘good spirits to face the recovery’, tweeting: ‘I am fine and in good spirits to face the recovery process. I want to thank everyone for so many messages of support and affection that make my heart stronger today.’
Aguero has also earned 101 caps for Argentina – scoring 41 times in the process – and was part of the side that ended the country’s 28-year wait for a trophy with Copa America glory in July.
Aguero is Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer and won five Premier League titles with them
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