Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bruyne and Alan Shearer lead tributes to ‘incredible’ ex-Man City striker Sergio Aguero as he announces his retirement from football aged 33… with even Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid wishing him well!
- Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from playing at the age of 33
- Barcelona striker was diagnosed with a heart condition last month
- He complained of chest pains in his first start for the Nou Camp club in October
- Aguero struggled to fight back the tears as he confirmed he was quitting
- Former Man City team-mates were among those who paid tribute to him
Tributes have flooded in for Sergio Aguero after the Argentine striker announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 because of a heart condition.
The Barcelona striker broke down in tears as he confirmed the news at a press conference convened at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
And it didn’t take long for former team-mates – especially those from Manchester City – and rivals alike to show their appreciation for one of the best goalscorers of the modern era.
Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from playing at the age of 33 after the Barcelona striker was diagnosed with a heart condition
The Argentine striker, sat alongside Barcelona president Joan Laporta, struggled to keep his emotions in check as he announced the news at a Nou Camp press conference
His former City team-mate Yaya Toure wrote on Twitter: ‘Sergio, my friend. I am sad to see you retire today but I am also excited for your future. You have so much to offer the game.
‘We shared many great times and I feel blessed to have been your teammate. You will go down as one of the greatest. Playing alongside you was an honour!’
Another player who Aguero shared a dressing room with at the Etihad Stadium, goalkeeper Joe Hart, said: ‘It is sad news. I think it goes without saying that the entire footballing world appreciates you for the player you are, everything you achieved in the game and all the smiles you put on people’s faces.
‘You were a great team-mate and a good friend. It is sad but I think it is important you look at all the amazing things you have done but good luck for the future, congratulations on an amazing career and stay safe.’
Aguero’s former Manchester City team-mate Yaya Toure was among those to post tributes
City legend David Silva posted a heartfelt tribute to his former team-mate on Twitter
Former City defender Micah Richards simply tweeted a crown emoji in response to a clip from Barcelona’s account showing Aguero struggling to contain his emotions as he spoke.
Another City legend, David Silva, wrote: ‘Friend, I know it has been a difficult and hard decision you have had to make but you leave like a LEGEND.
‘For me it has been an honour to share so many moments together, on and off the field. You are my partner in crime! Good luck in your new chapter.’
Current City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne wrote: ‘One of the best strikers ever! Want to wish you all the best for the future legend. See you soon.’
Riyad Mahrez added: ‘One of the best to do it. Thank you for everything, take care bro.’
Former City defender Micah Richards simply posted a crown emoji as the news broke
Manchester City posted a picture of Aguero’s Premier League title-winning goal in 2012
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: ‘The facts speak for themselves – Sergio is quite simply the most ruthless striker in the history of the Premier League.
‘It is extraordinary that his statistics, more reflective of two careers, are in fact those of a player whose time in the game was cut short.
‘His impact lives not only in the club that we are today, but in the club that we will be for many years to come.
‘He has earned the adoration of the City family, and the respect of the football family the World over.’
Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid posted their Twitter tribute to the retiring Argentine striker
Alan Shearer described Aguero as a ‘legend’ and an ‘incredible player’ in his Twitter post
Current City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne posted a picture of the pair celebrating a goal
Riyad Mahrez also joined in with the tributes, posting pictures of the pair together
The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking ahead of his team’s match against Newcastle United on Thursday said: ‘First and foremost, I really feel for the boy. I’m sure he is still in shock.
‘The impact he had on football was incredible. The goals he scored, the importance of the goals he scored. Great player. One of the best I ever faced.’
Former England striker and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer tweeted his appreciation: ‘Happy retirement legend. What an incredible player. Stay well.’
The former Chelsea and England defender John Terry wrote on Twitter: ‘One of the greatest @premierleague players EVER. LEGEND.’
Aguero’s former colleague from his Atletico Madrid days, Luis Garcia, said: ‘Congratulations Kun for your amazing career. We have enjoyed so much with your skills, goals and creativity, but also with your kindness and love for those around you.
‘All the best for whatever comes next and be well mate.’
Atletico, where he played prior to joining City, wrote: ‘Thanks for the memories Sergio. We wish you all the best.’
Former Chelsea and England defender John Terry described Aguero as one of the best ever
Atletico Madrid, where Aguero played between 2006 and 2011, showed him with the UEFA Europa League trophy as they wished him well
World governing body FIFA also tweeted their appreciation of Aguero’s talents
Aguero’s former Atletico Madrid team-mate Luis Garcia paid homage to an ‘amazing career’
Tottenham were among the rival clubs to congratulate Aguero on a ‘remarkable career’
Even rival clubs were keen to express their gratitude to Aguero for lighting up football matches.
Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid tweeted: ‘It was an honour to compete against a player like you, @aguerosergiokun, one of the best players in the world. Best of luck to you and your family.’
Tottenham wrote: ‘Congratulations on a remarkable career, Sergio.’
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