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‘I felt like I was drowning’

SERGIO AGUERO has opened up on what he was feeling during his last game for Barcelona.

The Argentine suffered from chest pains and dizziness before he was taken off the pitch.

Sergio Aguero suffered from dizziness and chest pains in his final matchCredit: Getty
The striker hung up his boots after the gameCredit: EPA
He announced his decision in an emotional press conferenceCredit: Getty

Aguero, 35, was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia after he was forced off just 41 minutes into his first start for the LaLiga giants.

He had joined the Spanish giants in the summer of 2021 on a free transfer from Manchester City.

However, on his first start for the club against Deportivo Alaves, he had to have treatment on the pitch as he felt like he was “going to faint”.

He told Clank Media: “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.’

“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.

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“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 officially retired from football at the Nou Camp in December 2021.

He announced his decision in a press conference attended by his former manager Pep Guardiola.

Aguero’s career by numbers

Sergio Aguero enjoyed a hugely successful career in which he won 20 titles and scored 427 goals in 756 appearance

Career honours: Uefa Europa League, Uefa Super Cup, Premier League x 5, FA Cup, Carabao Cup x 6, Community Shield x 3, Fifa Under-20 World Cup x 2, Olympic Gold Medal, Copa America

  • Independiente (2002-2006) – 56 games, 23 goals
  • Atletico Madrid (2006-2011) – 234 games, 102 goals
  • Manchester City (2011-2021) – 390 games, 260 goals
  • Barcelona (2021) – 5 games, 1 goal
  • Argentina (2006 – 2021) – 101 games, 41 goals

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