United midfielder Nemanja Matic reacts to Sergio Aguero retirement
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has paid tribute to former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who has announced his retirement from football.
The Argentine international announced his retirement, due to a heart condition diagnosis, at the Nou Camp this afternoon in front of his former manager Pep Guardiola and current Barcelona staff, including president Joan Laporta and manager Xavi .
Aguero had only made five appearances for the Catalans since arriving and was forced off his his most recent outing with chest pains and breathing difficulties. His last and only goal for Barcelona came in a 2-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Aguero left Manchester City in the summer having broken their all-time scoring record, with 260 goals in 390 games, including 16 hat-tricks.
The 33-year-old is responsible for arguably the Premier League’s most iconic moment which came at Manchester United’s expense.
His last-gasp strike against Queens Park Rangers ensured Manchester City won the Premier League for the first time much to Sir Alex Ferguson’s disbelief, in 2012.
But following his announcement today, the footballing world, regardless of their allegiance has reacted to the news and paid tribute to the incredible career Aguero had.
United’s midfielder Matic has reacted by saying Aguero was ‘one of the best’ he has ever come up against and that it was an ‘honour’ to face him.
In 16 games against United, Aguero scored nine goals and was on the winning side seven times.
Only Francis Lee, Joe Hayes (both 10) and Wayne Rooney (11), scored more times than Aguero in the Manchester derby.
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