Argentina great Carlos Tevez has called time on a superb playing career that saw him represent both Manchester clubs and controversially switch from Manchester United to Manchester City in 2009.

Despite having offers to continue – namely from the MLS – the 38-year-old has hung up his boots as well as citing the heart-breaking reason for that decision. Tevez admits he’s struggled for footballing motivation after the death of his adopted father, Segundo Raimundo, in February.

Tevez has been without a club since leaving beloved hometown side Boca Juniors last season and leaves a mixed legacy in Manchester. He first touched down in the Premier League with West Ham in 2006.

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One year later, the Argentine – who scored 13 goals in 76 outings for his country – signed for United under Sir Alex Ferguson and played a major part in back-to-back title wins alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. They also scooped Champions League success during the 2007/2008 campaign.

However, there was drama and controversy to follow as Tevez swapped red for blue after two seasons and went on to make 148 appearances for City; scoring 73 goals in all competitions and forming part of the squad that won a first ever Premier League title for the club in 2012.

Tevez also represented Juventus, Shanghai Shenhua and Corinthians at various stages of his career.

In a statement, Tevez said: “I have retired, it’s confirmed. They offered me many things, including from the United States, but that’s it, I have given everything. Playing in the last year was very difficult, but I was able to see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan.”

Tevez added: “I eat empanadas and drink fernet and wine – whatever I want.

“I take care of myself a little, but I now have an extra three or four kilos. I get up a little later. I can’t imagine going back to training and running. I used to get up at 6am to go training. I would arrive first and be the last to leave, but I don’t have the strength to do that now.”

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