Sergio Aguero is considering his playing future after suffering a heart problem whilst playing for Barcelona recently.
The Argentine, who was forced off the pitch, may yet retire with the issue more complicated than was initially expected, reports a Catalan radio station.
Aguero recently underwent tests following the heart problem and it has shown that continuing as a professional would not be favorable.
The 33-year-old was forced off 42 minutes into his first home start for Barcelona against Alaves last month and was taken to hospital due to breathing difficulties.
The former Manchester City star was visibly struggling towards the end of the first half, laying down after clashing with an opponent in the penalty area. He was able to get back to his feet swiftly and walked off.
El Chiringuito presenter Jose Alvarez Haya later reported that his heart rate was much higher than it should have been.
Barcelona issued a statement following the incident that read: “The player Kun Agüero has undergone a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure by Dr. Josep Brugada.
“He is out and for the next three months the effectiveness of the treatment will be evaluated to determine his recovery process.”
Aguero said after he was taken to hospital: “I am well and in good spirits to face the recovery process. I want to thank you all for so many messages of support and love that make my heart stronger today.”
Aguero’s issue comes just months after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch whilst playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.
The playmaker stopped breathing after suffering cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the pitch before being rushed to hospital, where it was eventually confirmed that he would need to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
He will not play for club side Inter Milan in Serie A this season.