πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Carlos Tevez: A Boca Juniors hero comes full circle
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πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Carlos Tevez: A Boca Juniors hero comes full circle

Carlos Tevez caused controversy wherever he went but proved himself time and again to be a priceless asset for teammates and managers alike. 

The tigerish Argentine with undoubted big match temperament stole and broke hearts on his way to becoming a firm favourite and familiar face of the Premier League. After conquering Europe, Tevez is spending his swan song back home in fitting fashion.

Let's quickly recap the most memorable moments of his colourful career. 

😯 A controversial move to England

When Tevez and fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano made the switch from Corinthians to West Ham in 2006, the footballing world let out a collective gasp.

The deals that took Tevez and Mascherano to West Ham involved third parties, something that is no longer permitted in the English top-flight. Tevez's rights were owned by investment companies ‘Media Sports International’ and ‘Just Sports’. ‘Global Soccer Agencies’ and ‘Mystere Services’ owned the rights attached to Mascherano. While Mascherano didn't make much of an impact at Upton Park before a big-money move to Liverpool, Tevez sparkled and became a cult hero with Hammers fans. He scored at Old Trafford on the final day of 2006-07 and it was a goal that ultimately kept them in the division, and it would be placed alongside a catalog of special strikes  that Tevez conjured for the Londoners. 

🔴 Decorated period with Manchester United

Tevez wasn't at United for long but he burned bright in a highly-successful stint under Sir Alex Ferguson. He was one-third of a fearsome attacking unit at Old Trafford, forming a trident alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were ruthlessly efficient and accounted for 71% of United's Premier League goals in the 2007-08 season, a campaign which culminated in Champions League success too. They were the perfect combination of pace, power and technical security and opposition defenders couldn't live with them. 

🌃 An unthinkable move to City

Tevez did what very few players have the guts to do by swapping red for blue as he moved across Manchester in 2009. We will never know exactly what happened in that summer but it was a messy saga of contractual loopholes, opaque transfer fees and, of course, the involvement of super-agent Kia Joorabchian. United fans will probably never forgive him, but Tevez excelled for City, scoring 73 goals and providing 35 assists in 148 appearances for the Sky Blues. He won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League in 2012 as City started to become a force in England.

⚫️ Juventus

In 2013, Carlos Alberto Tevez swapped England for Italy ahead of another trophy-laden spell, this time at Italian giants Juventus. Tevez couldn't add to his Champions League crown from 2008 as Juve went down to Barcelona in the 2015 final, but he did bag 29 goals across all competitions for the Old Lady in that campaign. For a team man like Tevez, though, personal accolades have always been trumped by collective glories. All of that being said, this is a player with an enviable trophy cabinet.

🏆 Tevez's honours & accolades

  • 🥇 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 🏆 Champions League
  • 🗺 FIFA Club World Cup
  • 🧢 76 Argentina caps 

  • 🦁 3x Premier League
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 FA Cup
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English League Cup
  • 🇮🇹 2x Serie A
  • 🇮🇹 Italian Cup
  • 🇮🇹 Supercoppa Italiana
  • 🇧🇷 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • 🌎 Copa Libertadores
  • 🎖 Copa Sudamericana 
  • 🌍 Intercontinental Cup
  • 🇦🇷 5x Argentinian Champion
  • 🇦🇷 Copa Argentina
  • 🇦🇷 Supercopa Argentina
  • 🇨🇳 Chinese Cup

✈️ Tevez's career journey

  • 🇦🇷 Boca Juniors
  • 🇧🇷 Corinthians
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 West Ham United
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Manchester United
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Manchester City
  • 🇮🇹 Juventus
  • 🇦🇷 Boca Juniors
  • 🇨🇳 Shanghai Shenhua
  • 🇦🇷 Boca Juniors

Now enjoying his third stint at Boca Juniors, the 36-year-old local hero is aiming to lead his boyhood club to its first Copa Libertadores title since 2007. Tevez won the trophy in 2003 and is three matches away from lifting it for a second time, some 17 years later.

That would be a fitting achievement for a player who has spent so much of his celebrated career in Argentina. It would be a genuine full circle moment. 

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