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Lionel Messi pays emotional tribute to retiring Sergio Aguero

Ali Shibil Roshan
Lionel Messi paid tributes to retiring Sergio Aguero
Lionel Messi paid tributes to retiring Sergio Aguero / Gustavo Pagano/GettyImages

Lionel Messi has paid a heartfelt tribute to 'friend' Sergio Aguero after the latter announced his retirement from football.

Aguero, who joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window, was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia - an irregular heartbeat - after he had been substituted during the Catalan outfit's La Liga clash with Alaves on October 30 due to chest discomfort.

Aguero confirmed he has been advised to retire from football at a press conference on Wednesday, stating: "My health comes first. Medical staff have told me it’s best to stop playing and so I’m now leaving Barcelona and retiring from professional football."

Tributes have been pouring in from clubs and players since Aguero announced his retirement, and Messi, who is a friend and teammate of the former Man City striker, took to Instagram to pay a heartfelt tribute to the 33-year-old.

"Practically a whole career together, Kun.... We've had some great moments and others that weren't so great, but all of them have made us grow closer and become better friends. And we're going to continue spending them together off the pitch," Messi wrote in an Instagram post.

"With the great joy of lifting the Copa America just a little while ago, with all the achievements you obtained in England.... And the truth is that now it hurts a lot to see how you have to stop doing what you love the most because of what happened to you. I'm sure you will continue to be happy because you are a person who radiates happiness and those of us who love you will be there for you. Now a new stage of your life is beginning and I am convinced that you will enjoy it with a smile on your face and with all the enthusiasm that you put into everything.

"All the best in this new stage! I love you very much my friend, I'm going to miss a lot being with you on the pitch and when we meet up with the national team.