Aguero hits back at criticism of his World Cup win celebrations

‘The most beautiful thing is my heart is happy’: Sergio Aguero hits back at Twitter criticism of his ‘shameless’ celebrations of Argentina’s World Cup win after retired striker wore a blue and white shirt to lift the trophy alongside Lionel Messi

  • Sergio Aguero was prominent in Argentina’s World Cup final celebrations
  • He donned a blue and white shirt and lifted the trophy alongside Lionel Messi
  • Retired striker was part of the Argentina camp during the tournament in Qatar
  • But Aguero, who quit football because of a heart condition, was criticised online
  • He responded to one critical tweet, saying the win was ‘a beautiful thing’  

Sergio Aguero has responded to social media criticism of his enthusiastic celebrations after Argentina won the World Cup – saying the triumph was a ‘beautiful thing’.

The former Argentina forward, 34, was prominent in the wild celebrations that followed Sunday’s dramatic penalty win over France having been a part of the team’s camp in Qatar.

Aguero, who was forced to retire from football because of a heart condition last December, donned an Argentina shirt and partied alongside Lionel Messi and Co on the pitch and in the dressing room afterwards.

Retired striker Sergio Aguero played a prominent part in Argentina’s World Cup celebrations after they defeated France on Sunday

The former Argentina striker hit back at Twitter users who said his celebrations were ‘shameless’ and ’embarrassing’ by saying the win was a ‘beautiful thing’

Aguero (left) joined Lionel Messi and co in their World Cup celebrations in Qatar

He changed his Twitter profile picture to show him smoking a cigar amid the victory celebrations after holding a poll of his followers to decide which image to use.

Aguero then hit back at a Twitter user who said: ‘Kun, you didn’t win anything, stop being shameless.’

Quoting the tweet, Aguero replied: ‘Hee, I know. But for me, yes, because a year ago I was with them. They are my companions, friends, everything.

‘Because of the heart I could not continue but the most beautiful thing is that my heart was happy and I will never forget that.’

Aguero potentially would have been in the Argentina squad had he not been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia late last year just months after he joined Barcelona from Manchester City.

Aguero was forced to retire last year but close friend Messi made sure he was involved

Aguero was also present on Argentina’s open top bus when they returned home on Monday 

He made his 101st and final international appearance against Ecuador in the Copa America quarter-finals in July last year.

The striker was also an unused substitute in one of Argentina’s World Cup qualification matches in June 2021.

On Sunday, Aguero was seen lifting the trophy and hoisted Messi on his shoulders for what has already become an iconic photograph in emulation of Diego Maradona in 1986.

Aguero was also seen swigging beer on the open-top bus that paraded the victorious players around the streets of Buenos Aires after they flew home from Qatar.

It also emerged that Aguero won £6,800 on a bet that Messi would win the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player.

Aguero predicted that Argentina’s Lionel Messi would win the Golden Ball award in Qatar

The retired star placed a $1000 (£823) bet that his former team-mate would collect the award

Taking to Instagram, Aguero shared a screenshot of the bet with his followers before admitting he only ‘just realised’ what he had staked.

‘On November 17, I bet that the best player in the World Cup would be Messi and I just realised it,’ the former Manchester City striker wrote.

It showed that the retired star placed a bet of $1,001 (£823) for Messi to win the accolade prior to the World Cup commencing.

The PSG forward ended the campaign with seven goals and three assists before being crowned the best player of the tournament. 

Messi winning the award meant Aguero’s bet returned a whopping $8,264 (£,6,800).

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