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Former Manchester City and Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero returned to the pitch for a five-a-side match against River Plate fans in Miami this week. You can see footage of Aguero in action below.
Back in October, the 34-year-old Argentine had difficultly breathing during a game against Alaves and was brought off 42 minutes into his first home start for Barcelona. He would never play for the club again.
The 34-year-old Argentine announced his retirement during an emotional press conference at the Nou Camp in December, with his cardiologist confirming Aguero has a small scar near his heart after a previous cardiac issue.
"He has a very small scar in his heart area which is less than a millimetre which is why it sort of short-circuits and causes those arrhythmias," Roberto Peidro told Argentine radio per The Mirror.
"What was done using a catheter was to burn that area where the arrhythmias were coming out.
"We think it's going to work very well and solve the problem but our advice is that he shouldn't do high-performance sport that involves an important degree of mental and physical stress several hours a day."
Peidro, who has treated the former Manchester City forward since 2004, was quick to stress Aguero will be able to live a normal life, despite not being able to continue his career.
And earlier this week, the 34-year-old took part in a five-a-side game against several River Plate fans in Miami.
Back in March, Aguero revealed that MLS outfit Inter Miami had been in touch regarding a possible move.
Speaking to TYC Sports, he said: "Yesterday, it crossed my mind that I could play again. Inter Miami called me but I refused. In two years? Let’s see.
"The doctors told me that I have to spend five or six months without activity, but I already want to train again!"
We will have to wait and see if Aguero returns to playing professionally again, but he will be going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as part of Argentina's coaching staff.
He revealed earlier this year that he has already spoken to Lionel Scaloni and president Claudio Tapia about making the move.
“I’m going to the World Cup in Qatar. We are going to have a meeting this week,” Aguero told Radio 10.
“I want to be there. The idea is for me to be incorporated into the coaching staff. I spoke with [manager] Lionel Scaloni and president Claudio Tapia.”