Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement after battling with a heart condition this season.

Despite still being considered as a top player, Barcelona‘s Sergio Aguero was prompted to announce his retirement from the sport on Wednesday at age 33 via ESPN.

At a recent news conference, an emotional Aguero, who was joined by Barcelona president Joan Laporta, finally call it a career and bid farewell to his fans from all over the world.

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“This conference is to announce I have decided to stop playing professional football,” Aguero declared. “It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have taken for my health; the problem I had a month and a half ago.”

“I have been in good hands with the medical staff. I made the decision 10 days ago after doing everything possible to have some hope of playing on. I am very proud for my career. I always dreamed of a professional career since the first time I touched a ball at 5,” he continued. “I want to thank Atletico Madrid, who took a chance on me when I was 18, and Manchester City — everyone knows who I feel about City and how well they treated me there.”

It can be recalled that Aguero last played against Alaves in October and was taken out of the game because of unusual chest pain. Barca later revealed that the said discomfort in was due to an abnormality called “arrhythmia“–a broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal and will require months of treatment.

Aguero joined Barcelona this past summer in the hope to play alongside his compatriot and friend Lionel Messi. However, the latter decided to sign with Paris Saint-Germain and the pair never got the chance become teammates in club football.