Why doesn’t Sergio Aguero play for Argentina in the World Cup? The Man City legend sadly misses Qatar, but becomes Albiceleste’s main mascot

Sergio Aguero has long been one of the world’s most lethal strikers, but he has unfortunately been absent from this winter’s World Cup.

The Manchester City legend scored over 400 goals for club and country and was a threat to any defence.

Aguero has been Argentina’s main striker for a long time

Aguero played for Argentina in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but was denied the chance to qualify for the fourth place.

Why won’t Aguero play for Argentina in Qatar?

Unfortunately, Aguero has been out of football for nearly a year since announcing his retirement from the sport last December due to heart problems.

Aguero left “City” in the summer of 2021 and moved to “Barcelona”.

He managed just five appearances for the La Liga giants, suffering from chest pain and dizziness against Alaves.

The striker was out for three months while doctors carried out tests to determine the cause of the problem.

It turned out that Aguero was suffering from cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat caused by a disruption in electrical signals.

Aguero quickly showed Barcelona fans what he can do

Aguero scored 41 goals in 101 games for the Argentine national team

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Aguero scored 41 goals in 101 games for the Argentine national team

If left untreated or undiagnosed, it can lead to strokes. Therefore, Aguero decided that the risk to his health was not worth it and officially retired.

Speaking about the first incident earlier this year, Aguero said: “When it happened I thought it was nothing and everything would be fine.

“But when I got to the hospital and was left alone in a small room with a bunch of monitors around me, I knew something was wrong. And after two days in the hospital, I started to get nervous.

“When I was given my first physical at the clinic, the medical staff called me and told me that it was very likely that I would not be able to continue playing.

“Since then I have overcome everything, but it has not been easy. One of the doctors told me plainly: “Enough is enough.”

Aguero inspired Argentina at the World Cup

Aguero inspired Argentina at the World Cup

Aguero was Argentina's lucky charm

Aguero was Argentina’s lucky charm

Aguero was 33 when he announced his retirement and you can imagine him playing a big role in Argentina’s campaign this World Cup.

He scored six goals in 19 games in his last season for Man City, so he had something to give.

It’s a real shame that he’s not participating, but it’s good that he’s putting his health first.

Aguero has also become a key mascot for his country and has been seen celebrating with his former teammates.

He hopes to cheer the Albiceleste to victory in this weekend’s World Cup final against France.

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