Argentina star Lionel Messi has paid an emotional tribute to Sergio Aguero after the 33-year old announced his retirement from football at a press conference held at Camp Nou.
The striker was recently diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat.
Messi posted a photo of him and Aguero on Instagram with the caption “Practically a whole career together, Kun…We lived very beautiful moments and other that were not so, all of them made us unite more and more and be more friends. And we are going to continue living them together outside the field.”
His former teammates at Man City, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, and Kevin De Bruyne have all paid tribute to him.
Aguero moved to City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and lifted five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and six League Cups during his time at the Etihad Stadium, famously scoring the injury-time winner against QPR which secured the first of those league titles in 2012.
Asked for the best moments of his career, he spoke first of a famous goal he had scored for Independiente in Argentina against Racing when he was just 16, and then of helping Atletico Madrid secure the Europa League against Fulham in 2010.
The forward scored 41 goals in 101 games for Argentina, represented them at three World Cups, and helped them win the Copa America earlier this year.
He is also the fourth-highest goal scorer in Premier League history.