Despite Diego Maradona’s mystifying management of the Argentinean national team, I for one fancy them to go far in the World Cup, thanks to the array of attacking riches that they possess. Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria….and a certain Lionel Messi. Most nations stuggle to compete with such quality. One player not yet even mentioned, and one who many are tipping as a dark horse for the tournament’s Golden Boot, is Mr. Carlos Tevez.
Once Alex Ferguson made the decision not to make Tevez’s stay at Old Trafford permanent, the majority of fans and pundits seemed to agree with the decision. With Media Sports Investments, the company who owned Tevez, rumoured to have been demanding upwards of £30 million for the striker, such a price tag seemed exorbitant for a striker who wasn’t classed as a natural goalscorer. Tevez did make an impact during his two years at Manchester United, but he appeared a player that could be replaced.
And so, he made the move across the city, to the riches on offer at Manchester City. With their financial ability they were, in all likihood, the only team willing to pay the transfer fee and the striker’s no doubt huge wages. Tevez has gone some way to repaying the club with his performances last season. In 40 appearances for the Eastlands outfit, Tevez managed a hugely impressive 29 goals. His ability to assist in the goals of his teammates made him an even more valuable asset, his work rate not going unnoticed. The diminutive striker managed to change football supporter’s opinion towards him, away from being a player who was only deemed able to play the supporting striker role.
Instead Tevez had taken the league by storm, leading from the front and becoming one of the most lethal and feared finisher’s in the country. He ended the season having been awarded Manchester City’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year awards. Would Manchester United have won the league with him in the side last season..? Who knows. But he would certainly have made a significant contribution given his improvement. On the other hand, perhaps he is more suited to being the main focal point of the side, rather than having to compete, as he had to at United, with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tevez’s goalscoring record for the national team is not as impressive with a return of just 9 goals in 53 appearances. With such a collection of attacking players within the side however it must be difficult for them all to take up the positions they would normally look to with their clubs. Such is the player’s obvious improvement in the last 18 months however, that it appears the striker is ready to signal his arrival. His confidence will certainly never have been higher going into the national team squad.
With Lionel Messi rightfully labelled as the best player in the world, much of the opponent’s focus will be on the Barcelona man, perhaps giving the likes of Tevez more opportunity to make an impact. Those playing for the better footballing nations will also be given more opportunity and matches to try and finish top of the goalscoring pile. With a best price of 25/1, Carlos Tevez might just be worth a punt…
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