There are stories of extraordinary, beautiful sports, filled with immeasurable joy. At the same time, however, there are those that instead have a bitter, sad side, like that of Sergio Agüero. The well-known Argentine soccer player, known as El Kun, due to his resemblance to the Japanese anime Kum Kum the caveman, yesterday announced his retirement to the sport that has seen him achieve many great successes and to which he has made a huge contribution.
A forced farewell for the 33-year-old from Buenos Aires, who on 30 October fell ill in the 42nd minute of the Liga match (top Spanish football league) between his Barcelona and Alaves. The attacker felt a pang in his heart and immediately alerted the medical staff of the Blaugrana team, leaving the pitch.
Subsequently, the diagnostic tests revealed an arrhythmia from which he should have recovered within three months, but he did not. And this is how ten days ago, in concert with the doctors who were treating him, he was forced to make the most difficult decision: to interrupt his career as a professional footballer.
Rivers of messages flow on social media to show closeness to Agüero, who also receives solidarity from well-known personalities from other sports such as tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro. Very often famous sportsmen have the opportunity to meet and make friends, even if they practice different activities.
This is the case of Juan Martin Del Potro and Sergio Agüero, both Argentines and both born in 1988. And above all both struggling with a delicate phase of their private and professional life. The player has had the worst fate, but even The Tower of Tandil as the tennis player is called has not been doing well for a long time and works hard day by day to try to get back on the pitch.
This is the dedication on social media to the now former striker, without written words but full of emotion.
Roger Federer: "My children had no idea of my success"
2021 did not give Roger Federer much satisfaction.
The Swiss champion seemed very far from an acceptable condition and did not get the desired results. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon, racking up nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at the Roland Garros and the quarterfinals in London were his best seasonal results, too little for a legend like him. A few weeks after the Championships, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he would have to operate on his knee for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will resume to training at the beginning of the new year, but will not be able to return to the circuit before the summer of 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is therefore at great risk, as Federer himself admitted a few weeks ago.
The Swiss also hailed the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. In a recent interview with Ringier, King Roger admitted that his four children were unaware of his enormous success until recently days. Roger said: "For a long time, my four children had no idea what I had achieved during my tennis career.
It was their friends who revealed to them that I was number 1 in the world. They were literally speechless. My victories have never been an important topic at home." To the microphones of the moneycontrol.com portal, Christopher Clarey, author of a book dedicated to Roger, spoke about the chances of the Swiss player to return to competition.
"I don't think he'll get the success he's looking for and I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to quit soon enough. His last game ended with a bagel at Wimbledon, certainly not the memory Federer wants to leave in the minds of his fans.
The chances of seeing it again at the highest levels are low, it is useless to go around it. The opponents have become stronger and more numerous."