Sergio Aguero recalls moment he struggled to breathe during Barcelona match

The Argentine retired at the age of 33 due to heart condition

By Web Desk
February 07, 2024
Sergio Aguero was unable to walk after suffering chest pain during the match against Alaves in 2021. — AFP 

Former Manchester City star Sergio Aguero recalled the moment he felt pain and struggled to breathe during his final match for Barcelona against Alaves before being taken off the pitch.

Aguero was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after he felt chest pain just 41 minutes after his first start with the Catalan club.

The former Man City striker was attended by the club’s medical immediately after he complained of chest pain and was ultimately taken off at half-time.

After undergoing medical treatment, he was told by the club’s medical staff to rest for three months after the Argentinian eventually that he would quit football for good.

“I felt like I was drowning, I didn't feel pain. I had a lot of pressure in my head. I figured it was because I was physically ill and I thought: 'S**t, I'm so bad,” Aguero told Clank Media.

“I jumped for a header. They went to counter and I started to get dizzy. I felt like I was going to faint and I wanted to calm down. I wanted to say something and the words didn't come out. I grabbed the hand of the Alaves captain as if to say: 'Stop the game.' He started screaming and they stopped the game.

“When I calmed down, I felt like my heart started beating faster. That's where the arrhythmia attack caught me. A week before it had happened to me in training but it had only been for 20 seconds,” Aguero added.

Aguero announced his decision to retire in an emotional press conference at Camp Nou in December 2021, the presser was attended by the likes of Pep Guardiola and others.

“This press conference is to announce that I have decided to stop playing profesional football,' he said right at the start of his speech confirming there was no return possible,” he said.

“This is a hard moment for me but my health has to come first. I did everything possible to see if there was any hope but there wasn't. I am very proud of my career.

“I always wanted to play football from five-years-old. Atletico put their faith in me when I was only 18. And then I went to City and everyone knows what that club means to me.

“Then I got the call from Barcelona and they have treated me well. I did the best I could to help Barcelona. I leave with my head held high. I don't know what is waiting for me but it will be a different life for sure.”