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Some devastating news has emerged from Spain, as Sergio Aguero announced his retirement due to a heart problem.
Barcelona had previously rubbished claims made by journalist Gerard Romero last month, who said that the 33-year-old was about to end his playing career.
But reports that the Manchester City legend would be calling time on his playing career were gathering momentum, as Catalan newspaper El Periodico claimed that official confirmation of the news was imminent.
Aguero's final appearance of his illustrious career came in Barca's 1-1 draw with Alaves on 30th October.
Sergio Aguero is in tears as he makes his way onto the stage for his press conference pic.twitter.com/zCMdXzZRRz- Football For All (@FootballlForAll) December 15, 2021
Sergio Agüero announces in tears: "My health comes first. Medical staff have told me it's best to stop playing and so I'm now leaving Barcelona and retiring from professional football". :red_circle: #Aguero #FCB- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 15, 2021
All the best, Kun! :punch::flag_ar: pic.twitter.com/I4unbyRQmX
The man himself was previously upbeat regarding his chances of playing again, and said he was "always positive" in a statement on Twitter, which unfortunately turned out to be false optimism.
He said: "Given the rumours, I tell them that I am following the indications of the club's doctors, doing tests and treatment and seeing my progress within 90 days. Always positive."
Preparations have already been finalised for what is being dubbed as Aguero's "final act" when Xavi's side play Boca Juniors in Maradona Cup clash in Saudi Arabia.
The game is played in honour of the late, legendary Diego Maradona, who played for both clubs and is the grandfather to Aguero's son.
Aguero is the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history after scoring 184 goals in an incredible ten-year spell with Man City, where he won five titles.
It is a sad end to an illustrious 19-year career.
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