Former Argentine forward Sergio Agüero was sadly forced to retire from football in December 2021 after a severe heart condition, and cardiac arrhythmias rendered him unable to play professionally.
Thankfully, the former Manchester City striker who scored the winning goal 10 years ago to secure the team’s first Premier League title, was in Qatar to celebrate the World Cup victory.
Images of the diminutive former Atletico Madrid player holding the trophy aloft were shared widely on social media, including an interesting one of Agüero in the dressing room. What’s interesting is that his VIP lanyard has been turned around and draped over his back. It gives the illusion of the ex-Barcelona wearing a winner’s medal.
According to The Athletic, the prolific striker was part of Argentina’s ESPN broadcasting team at the World Cup. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, had offered Agüero a position on his coaching staff, which would have made him eligible for a winner’s medal, but he declined the offer. Agüero spent a lot of time with Lionel Messi in the latter stages of the tournament and even shared a hotel room with the Golden Ball winner.
The 34-year-old has been an integral part of La Albiceleste (‘The White and Sky Blue’) and appeared 101 times for the world champions, netting 41 goals. He appeared in three World Cup finals and only Messi and Gabriel Batistuta have scored more goals than him.
Agüero played in Argentina for Independiente before moving to Europe and joining Spanish giants Atlético Madrid. He then moved to Manchester City and became a club legend, with the English club unveiling a statue of the striker outside their stadium. A dream move to Barcelona failed to materialise into something tangible, as Agüero was hit with a medical condition.
For many fans, seeing him celebrate the World Cup win with old teammates was a well-deserved moment for the maestro.