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Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez left the club but hasn't announced retirement

The 37-year-old Argentine forward has won the Champions League, Premier League and Serie A titles in addition to trophies won in Latin America and Asia.

Carlos Teves leaves Boca Juniors; Credit: Twitter/@BocaJrsOficial
By Sreejith C R | Jun 6, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez has said that he will be leaving the club but didn’t not announce his retirement. The 37-year-old has triggered the clause in his agreement that allows him to become a free agent after June 30. Tevez, who has won 11 trophies at the club said that he wants to remain at the club as a fan and “the carlitos of the people”. The former Premier League and Serie A champion made the announcement after Boca lost to Racing on penalties in the semi-finals of the Argentina League cup.

Tevez made his debut for Boca Juniors at the age of 17 in 2001 and went on to win the Copa Libertadores and World Cup title with the Argentina club. In 2005, he won the Brazilian league with Corinthians and then left for Europe in 2006 to join Premier League club West Ham. In his first season in Europe, he helped West Ham avoid relegation with a famous final-day victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

“I don’t know if I can say that I am retiring, because in three months maybe I will have the desire to play again. But I won’t be wearing Boca’s colors, that chapter is closed,” Tevez said.

Tevez added: “Today is one of the saddest days of my life, but I am pleased with my decision. I’m not 100% mentally so I feel I have to step away and that is what I am doing.

“I’m in good shape but Boca needs me bringing my 120%. I can’t give that to the club today. I didn’t even have time to mourn my father after he died [three months ago]. I came back to play right away… Now, I need time away from the pitch to be with my family.”

After one season at West Ham, he joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2007, where he won five major trophies in two seasons. That included – two Premier League titles, one Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup title, and an English League cup.

Tevez was never far away from controversies when he joined the blue half of Manchester in 2009, helping them win two titles, FA Cup in 2011 and Premier League in 2012. Meanwhile his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini worsened as he engaged in a public spat with the manager during the Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

The 2011 Premier League top scorer left Manchester City to join Italian giants Juventus in 2013, where he won two Serie A titles and an Italian cup. In 2015 he returned to his boyhood club Boca Juniors and scored 25 goals in 52 appearances and won the Argentinian league. Later he became world’s highest paid footballer when he joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016. Winning the Chinese Super cup during his solitary season in Asia before returning to Boca Juniors for a third stint.

Despite struggling with injuries and lack of fitness, the Boca Juniors talisman scored the title-winning goal on the final match day to lift the League title in March 2020. It was his fifth League title with Boca Juniors.

Tevez made 73 appearances for the national team and scored 13 goals. Taking part in two FIFA World Cups in 2006 and 2010 and lost in three Copa America finals. His triumphs with the national team came in the 2004 Athens Olympics and Under- 20 South American championship in 2003.

The Boca Juniors legend has scored 94 goals for them and is one of the top ten scorers in the history of the club.



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