(CNN Spanish) — Argentine soccer player Sergio “Kun” Agüero, 33, announced on Wednesday that he is leaving professional sports due to a heart problem. He did it during a press conference at the Camp Nou itself, in which he was visibly moved, to the point that it took him several seconds to say his first words.
“It is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football,” were Agüero’s first words.
“I have decided to stop playing professional football, it is a very hard moment. I am very happy about the decision I made, my health comes first, you know why I made this decision, because of the problem I had a month or so ago. So I was in good hands with the doctors who have done their best and told me that it was best to stop playing. I made the decision a week ago, I wanted to tell you that I did everything possible to see if there was any hope, but no there was a lot,” continued Agüero on the verge of tears.
The Argentine footballer said he is “very proud” and “very happy” for his professional career. “I have always dreamed of playing football, since I was five years old when I touched a ball. My dream was to play in the First Division, I have never thought of reaching Europe.”
“I want to thank everyone. First, Independiente, which is where I grew up. Then Atlético de Madrid, who, at only 18 years old, contributed for me. And the people at City, they know how I feel about City, I’ve left the best there. And the people of Barca, incredible, I knew I was coming to one of the best teams in the world. But things happen for a reason and I am very grateful because since I arrived they treated me very well,” Agüero said in another passage of his conference.
Of course, he left a separate paragraph for the Argentine team, with whom he won the Copa América a few months ago by beating Brazil in the final.
“Clearly thank the Argentine team, which is what I love the most. Thanks to everyone who is here,” he said.
How did you process the news?
Accompanied by the president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, by the leadership, the coaching staff and teammates, among others, the Argentine gave details of how he received the news that he could no longer play professional football, and admitted that “It was not easy”.
“When I had the first test at the clinic and then the doctors told me that there was a big possibility that I couldn’t continue, I started to get mental, but it wasn’t easy. When they called me that it was definitive, it took me a few days to process it “I kept hoping, but after the cold I thought no. I’m fine but it was difficult,” he said.
In addition, he quickly reviewed when his best moments in professional football and his best goals were.
“A goal I scored in Independiente against Racing was a very beautiful moment in my career. I was 17 years old and it was the most beautiful first goal I scored. Later, the Europa League with Atlético de Madrid, it was a very happy moment. And everyone knows at City. The goal against QPR, with which we won the first Premier League, and then there were many very nice moments. And the last one was in the Copa América. I had to accompany the boys”.
And he did not stop remembering what his last appearance on the network was. “And I’m leaving with the last goal I scored against Madrid. Not bad, right?” He said, and aroused applause from those present.
“I’m leaving with my head held high and very happy. I don’t know what will happen to me in the next life, but there are many people who love me and want the best,” said the Argentine.
Sergio Agüero, a striker who left his mark
Idol in Argentina and England, “Kun” joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Manchester City in July this year, with the idea of fulfilling the dream of playing at club level alongside his great friend Lionel Messi. But none of that could materialize: the departure of “La Pulga” to PSG prevented it.
As if that were not enough, in the first training sessions he suffered a muscle injury that postponed his shirt with the Catalan club’s shirt, which only materialized in October.
Shortly after, on October 30, Sergio Agüero had to leave the pitch 40 minutes into the first half of the match against Alavés due to severe chest pain. Subsequent studies detected a heart problem and the doctors of the institution indicated a 3-month sick leave to follow his evolution.