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Sergio Aguero set to announce retirement from football

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Argentina star footballer, Sergio Aguero is expected to announce his retirement from football later this Wednesday.

This is sequel to his lingering heart problems. Sports Village Square recalls that the problem manifested in the November 2017 friendly match Argentina had with Nigeria in which the player had to be rushed to the hospital at half time. 

He had since been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after experiencing chest pains 41 minutes into his first start for Barcelona last month.  

The striker was initially told to rest for three months, but according to Spanish publication, Marca, Aguero is now planning to step away from football permanently at just 33 years old.

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. 

The striker required on-pitch medical attention shortly before half-time having complained of dizziness.  

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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.   

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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 Pep Guardiola. He said: ‘I spoke with his agent. 

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‘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.’   

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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