After an illustrious career lasting almost two decades, the Argentine has been forced to hang up his boots rather prematurely.
Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from professional football at an official press conference at Camp Nou.
Aguero has taken the decision in the wake of a serious condition that has kept him away from action since October.
The 33-year-old, who moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer in the summer, has been able to make just five appearances for Barcelona.
Although his career is ending in a rather abrupt and unfortunate manner, the Manchester City all-time leading scorer’s career is one to remember – 18 major honors including five Premier League, a Europa League, and a Copa America title. He also has not one but two FIFA U-20 World Cup winners’ medals and an Olympic Gold Medal.
The former Atletico Madrid also boasts a host of individual accolades – Golden Boy, World Soccer Young Player of the Year, Premier League Golden Boot to name a few.
“I have decided to stop playing football, it is a very difficult moment”, said a tearful and emotional Aguero.
“The decision I have taken is for my health [and relates to] the problem I had a month-and-a-half ago. I decided around 10 days ago after having done everything possible in case there was a chance… but it wasn’t to be. It’s taken me time to digest it.
“I am very proud of my career. I always dreamed of a professional career since the first time I touched a ball at five.
“I will leave with my head held high. I don’t know what awaits me in the next part of my life. But I know I have people who love me. I will always remember the amazing things.”