‘How well you played!’ Spanish papers join tributes to Sergio Aguero with the Barcelona striker set to announce his retirement from football due to heart problems
- Sergio Aguero is set to announce his retirement from football at the age of 33
- It comes after the Barcelona striker was diagnosed with a heart condition
- Aguero felt chest pain during his first start for Barcelona back in October
- Initially told to rest, it emerged the problem was worse than first thought
- He will announce his retirement in a press conference at the Nou Camp
The Spanish press has paid tribute to Sergio Aguero with the Barcelona forward set to announce his retirement from football on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old, who only signed from Manchester City back in the summer, was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after experiencing chest pains during his first start for Barcelona on October 30.
Argentina international Aguero has only made five appearances for his new club having scored 260 times in 390 matches for City over the course of 10 highly successful seasons there.
Sergio Aguero is set to announce his retirement from playing because of a heart condition
Wednesday’s Marca paid tribute to Aguero, with the headline saying: ‘How well you played’
Aguero was initially told to rest for three months but will now confirm his intention to end his playing career at a press conference at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Spanish sports daily Marca devoted their front page to the retiring star, with the headline: Aguero: How well you played.’
Man City boss Pep Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Begiristain are also set to be in attendance at Aguero’s farewell press conference.
Barcelona tweeted on Tuesday: ‘@aguerosergiokun will give a statement on his future from Camp Nou at 12pm CET (11am UK time) on Wednesday December 15. The first-team football player will be joined by FC Barcelona president, Joan Laporta.’
Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer last summer from Manchester City and was making his first start for his new club against Alaves when he experienced chest pains.
Aguero was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after suffering chest pain during his first start
Aguero will speak with Laporta during a press conference at the Nou Camp on Wednesday
The striker required on-pitch medical attention shortly before half-time having complained of dizziness. There was growing distress in the stadium as Aguero lay flat on pitch, having gone down moments after he had his hand placed on his chest.
Barca’s medical staff rushed on the pitch to assist Aguero and looked to place him on a stretcher, before the striker eventually got up and slowly walked off the pitch unaided.
The Argentinian spent then next two days in hospital and was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after undergoing several tests.
He was subsequently told to rest for three months while ‘the effectiveness of treatment is evaluated’. However, it has now been revealed that the severity of his condition was greater than first thought.
The striker (middle) was initially told to rest for three months, but is now planning to step away from football permanently at just 33 years old
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (left) and sporting director Txiki Begiristain will attend Aguero’s ceremony too
As a result, Aguero will reportedly announce his retirement from football at a special ceremony at the club on Wednesday. Speaking after the incident took place, Aguero thanked the Barcelona supporters for the messages of support he had received.
Aguero said: ‘Hey Culers! Sending you all a big hug! Thank you for all the messages of support. Now it’s time to recover and wait for more news. Sending you all a big hug.’
The incident also prompted an outpouring of support at his former club Manchester City. Among those to send their well wishes was manager Guardiola. He said: ‘I spoke with his agent.
‘It’s difficult news for him and his family. We wish him well from all our people. Our chairman, we wish him a safe recovery. Health and life more important than anything else.
‘He is in good hands, he takes care of himself, we wish him a safe recovery and come back if he can – otherwise enjoy his life and what he has done. Be careful and be safe for the rest of his life.’
Speaking after the incident took place, Aguero thanked the Barcelona fans for their support
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