August 9, 2022

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 2006-13, memorably helping save West Ham from relegation in 2006-07 and swapping Manchester United for Manchester City in 2009.

He had recently played at home in Argentina with boyhood club Boca Juniors.

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

Playing last year was very difficult but I got to see my old man again. I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan.

Carlos Tevez

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

“Playing last year was very difficult but I got to see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan.”

Tevez, who also played for Juventus, Corinthians and Shanghai Shenhua, ends his career with 308 goals in 746 club appearances. He earned 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 would seek to avoid controversy in England after his turbulent one season with West Ham was greatly mistaken. 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 highly productive, and together with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo he formed a deadly front three that helped United win the Premier League titles in 2008 and 2009, while helping the team to Sir Alex Ferguson to lift the Champions League and the club. World Cup in 2008, as well as the League Cup in 2009.

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As Carlos Tevez announced his retirement, was the Argentine one of the best front three in Premier League history?

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

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A look back at when Gary Neville and Kia Joorabchian debated Tevez’s controversial Manchester United departure

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 the Etihad was no less dramatic than his stint in the red half of Manchester, and saw him submit a transfer request – which he later withdrew – in December 2010.

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

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

Sheffield United, West Ham and the Tevez saga

Tevez’s surprise arrival at Upton Park alongside Javier Mascherano in August 2006 was ruled to have breached Premier League rules on third-party ownership of players. The Hammers were fined £5.5m for the breach but were crucially spared a points deduction, a move that put them on a collision course with Sheffield United.

It would end with Tevez inspiring West Ham to safety 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 still run deep.

Here is a return on the course of the Tevez saga…

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

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

March 2, 2007: The Premier League accuses West Ham of breaching the B13 rule and the U18 rule in relation to the signings of Tevez and Mascherano.

April 4, 2007: A three-man panel is appointed by the Premier League to investigate the signings of Tevez and Mascherano by West Ham.

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

May 13, 2007: The last day of the 2006/07 season. Tevez scores for the seventh time in West Ham’s last 10 games to secure a 1-0 victory over champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. The result ensures West Ham avoid relegation at the expense of Sheffield United, who are relegated on goal difference after a 2-1 home loss to Wigan.

July 3, 2007: Sheffield United file ‘arbitration proceedings’ against the Premier League on May 16, within three days of the last day of the season, seeking to overturn West Ham’s decision not to deduct points, but a Arbitration panel dismisses their claim on the Tevez case.

July 13, 2007: Sheffield United are exploring the possibility of an appeal to the High Court but the Blades’ bid for permission is denied.

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

September 23, 2008: An independent arbitration hearing rules in favor of Sheffield United in their West Ham compensation claim.

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