Ex-Manchester United, Juventus striker hangs up boots at 38
Former Argentina striker Carlos Tevez confirmed late on Friday that he has retired from professional football, one year after leaving Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors citing burnout.
The 38-year-old said on a national television show in Argentina that he would no longer play professionally.
Known as “El Apache,” Tevez began his career at Boca and had successful stints with Corinthians. He moved to England in 2006, where he played for Premier League sides West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City, before moving to Italy to join Juventus.
Tevez had two more stints with his hometown club Boca on either side of a spell with Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua. He made 75 appearances for the Argentine national side and won an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
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Tevez was dubbed the “People’s Player” due to his popularity in Argentina, and was voted South American footballer of the year three times in a row having won the Copa Libertadores and the World club title with Boca in 2003 and the Brazilian league title with Corinthians in 2005. A successful career in the Premier League and in Serie A followed.
Tevez spent seven seasons in England and, after arriving at West Ham United in 2006, he helped the club avoid relegation with a famous final-day victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Soon after he joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and helped them to become Premier League champions, European champions and FIFA World Club Cup winners.
In 2009 he controversially left United to join rivals City. During his four years at the club he won another Premier League title, the FA Cup and was involved in a public spat with coach Roberto Mancini when he refused to warm up as a substitute during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
He moved to Juventus in 2013 before returning to boyhood club Boca in 2015. After scoring 25 goals in 56 games in his second spell, he left to accept a lucrative offer from China.
Tevez became the world’s highest-paid player when he joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016. He later admitted he wanted to return to his home club as soon as he landed in China.
Injuries and lack of fitness limited Tevez, who left Shenhua after one season to return to Boca. Tevez scored three goals in 10 starts to help Boca win the Superliga title on his first season back.
Information from ESPN’s Adriana Garcia was used in this report.