It’s a genuine risk mentioning the name Carlos Tevez around the Red side of Manchester.
Indeed, like the tabooed Voldemort in the Harry Potter book series, any mention of Carlos Tevez usually incites spits, hisses, snarls and some choice words amongst the Manchester United faithful. And as much as we want to say he thoroughly deserved the abuse hurled at him from the Stretford End week in and week out, we’re starting to think that maybe, just maybe, he didn’t.
“Carlos Tevez with his bulldog-like approach…” may have been the most frustrating line of commentary that barraged FIFA fans ears, but it was a pretty accurate summary of how the industrious forward went about his business. Like a small yappy dog who didn’t know what was good for it, the Argentinian set about on a mission to topple his opposition defences with almost unrivalled aggression and effectiveness. Dare we say, circa 2008 Carlos Tevez is someone the current Manchester United squad could do with.
He scored 34 goals in 99 appearances for the Red Devils and added a Champions League trophy to his collection as a member of the victorious 2008 squad. The stage was set for him to become a club legend and icon. Until…well, you know.
The parade barges, confetti cannons and bronze busts were ultimately left unused when he made the controversial decision to move to rivals in Manchester City in 2009.
“I went to [Manchester] United for two years on loan, and in the final year Ferguson told me that they were going to buy me permanently,” he is quoted saying by the Mirror in 2016.
“We got to the Champions League final in Rome and I didn’t have any contract on the table, even though they’d spent the whole year telling me that.
“So I went to City and they complained about it but I never had the option of signing for United, so I was free.”
Yes – he probably shouldn’t have gone to Manchester City as there were likely thousands of clubs lining up for his signature. And yes, it was slightly spiteful on his part to make the decision. But the internet is rife with stories of how United and Sir Alex Ferguson deemed Tevez not worth the money. That’s right, a man who contributed towards two Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and one League Cup not worth the money. Incredible, really.
Tevez went on to enjoy an illustrious career at Manchester City winning two major trophies before departing the Premier League to join Juventus. Two years later he returned to his home nation and Boca Juniors, where he started his career, and many thought where he would end it as well. But, presumably after one last payday (which we do not blame him one bit for), Tevez left for China.
Despite earning a reported £650,000 a week at Shanghai Shenhua, it seems money can’t buy happiness, and the Argentinian made a poetic return to Boca, which is where he will presumably see out the rest of his career.
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