Carlos Tevez: Ex-Manchester United, Man City and West Ham striker retires | football news

Carlos Tevez has confirmed his retirement from professional football at the age of 38 following the death of his father.

Tevez played in the Premier League from 2006 to 2013, helping save West Ham from relegation in 2006/07 and trading Manchester United for Manchester City in 2009.

Most recently, he played at home in Argentina with youth club Boca Juniors.

Tevez cited the loss of his father in early 2021 as an important part of his decision to quit playing despite having offers to continue, including in MLS.

Playing last year was very difficult but I could see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my biggest fan.

Carlo Tevez

“I’ve retired, that’s confirmed,” he said in an interview with America TV Friday night. “They offered me a lot of things, including from the United States. But that’s it, I gave everything.

“Playing last year was very difficult but I could see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my biggest fan.”

Tevez, who also played for Juventus, Corinthians and Shanghai Shenhua, finishes his career with 308 goals from 746 club games. He played 76 caps for Argentina, scoring 13 goals.

“Welcome to Manchester”

The infamous "Welcome to Manchester"  billboard
The infamous “Welcome to Manchester” billboard.

Anyone who thought Tevez was trying to avoid controversy in England after his eventful one-man season at West Ham was very wrong. Kia Joorabchian, the striker’s representative, fought for his client’s exit from Upton Park and eventually secured him a two-year loan to Manchester United.

Tevez’s time at Old Trafford was prolific and, along with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, he formed a deadly front three that helped United win the Premier League title in 2008 and 2009, whilst also helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win the Champions League and the club winning the 2008 World Cup, as well as the 2009 League Cup.

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With Carlos Tevez announcing his retirement, was the Argentine part of the best three-man squad ever in the Premier League?

He scored 34 goals in 99 games for United and was given the chance to stay at Old Trafford permanently but turned down the opportunity in favor of a shock move to bitter rivals Manchester City, who embarked on an ambitious recruitment drive after taking over from Sheikh Mansour a year earlier. City marked the arrival of Tevez with the infamous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ billboard in the city centre.

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A look back at the time Gary Neville and Kia Joorabchian debated Tevez’s controversial Manchester United exit

Tevez scored 73 goals in 148 games for City, where he helped the club win the FA Cup in 2011 and their first Premier League title in 2012. But his time at Etihad was no less dramatic than his time in Manchester’s red half. and saw him apply for a transfer in December 2010 – which he later withdrew.

Less than a year later, Tevez was accused by City manager Roberto Mancini of refusing to come off the bench during a game against Bayern Munich. Tevez called the episode a misunderstanding but was suspended by the club and then placed on gardening leave before finally returning to Manchester almost five months later.

Tevez was reintegrated into Mancini’s squad, even playing in the famous 3-2 win over QPR that secured the title in 2012, but eventually left the club in June 2013 when he signed a three-year deal with Juventus.

Sheffield United, West Ham and the Tevez saga

Tevez’s surprise arrival at Upton Park with Javier Mascherano in August 2006 was seen as breaching Premier League rules on third-party possession of players. The Hammers were fined £5.5million for the breach but were crucially spared a points deduction, a decision that put them on a collision course with Sheffield United.

It would end with Tevez keeping West Ham safe on the final day of the 2006/07 season at the expense of the Blades, who were relegated on goal difference and sent into a decade of decline the scars of which remain deep.

Here’s a recap of the development of the Tevez saga…

August 31, 2006: West Ham stun the world of football with the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano on Deadline Day. The Argentine duo’s contracts were previously held by agent Kia Joorabchian’s company, MSI.

West Ham boss Alan Pardew unveils new signings for Deadline Day Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at Upton Park in August 2006
West Ham boss Alan Pardew unveils new signings for Deadline Day Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at Upton Park in August 2006

March 2, 2007: The Premier League are charging West Ham with breaching Rule B13 and Rule U18 over the signing of Tevez and Mascherano.

April 4, 2007: A three-man panel will be appointed by the Premier League to investigate West Ham’s signing of Tevez and Mascherano.

April 27, 2007: West Ham are fined £5.5million but are spared a points deduction after pleading guilty to breaching Premier League rules. The ruling also states that “Carlos Tevez’s registration could be terminated by the Premier League”, but Tevez is later cleared for the Hammers’ remaining games in the 2006/07 season.

May 13, 2007: The last matchday of the 2006/07 season. Tevez scores for the seventh time in West Ham’s last ten games to secure a 1-0 win over champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. The result sees West Ham stay up at the expense of Sheffield United, who are relegated on goal difference after a 2-1 home defeat by Wigan.

July 3, 2007: Sheffield United filed an “arbitration case” against the Premier League on May 16 within three days of the final day of play to overturn the decision not to deduct points from West Ham, but an arbitration panel dismissed their claim over the Tevez affair.

July 13, 2007: Sheffield United are considering the possibility of an appeal to the High Court but the Blades’ attempt to be granted furlough is denied.

August 16, 2007: Sheffield United announce their intention to sue West Ham for the costs of their relegation from the Premier League, a claim the Hammers describe as “desperate”.

September 23, 2008: Independent arbitration rules in favor of Sheffield United in their claim for damages from West Ham.

March 16, 2009: West Ham and Sheffield United reach an out-of-court settlement to end their dispute over the Tevez transfer.

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