BARCELONA: Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement aged 33, after managing only five appearances for Barcelona because of injury and health problems.

Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer has not played since being substituted and taken to hospital with chest pain on October 30. He was later diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia.

Aguero – who confirmed the announcement in a tearful press conference – scored a total of 427 goals in 786 games, with most of those coming during an iconic spell at Manchester City.

Less than 12 months after joining from Atletico Madrid for a club record £38m in the summer of 2011, he scored deep into stoppage time to clinch the club’s first top-flight title since 1968 by securing a dramatic 3-2 win over QPR at the Etihad.

It was to be the first of five Premier League winners’ medals he would collect, alongside an FA Cup and six EFL Cups.
Aguero would also ended his City career as their all-time leading scorer, with 260 goals from 390 appearances.

Aguero’s career stats
Independiente (2003-06): 23 goals in 56 appearances
Atletico Madrid (2006-11): 101 goals in 234 appearances
Manchester City (2011-21): 260 goals in 390 appearances
Barcelona (2021): One goal in five appearances
Argentina (2006-2021): 41 goals in 101 appearances

Aguero’s major career club honours
UEFA Europa League: 2009–10
UEFA Super Cup: 2010
Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
FA Cup: 2018-19
EFL Cup: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21

Aguero’s major career international honours
FIFA U20 World Cup: 2005, 2007
Olympic Gold Medal: 2008
Copa America: 2021