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Carlos Tévez

Carlos Tévez

Carlos Tévez
Birth date: 
May 02, 1984

Carlos Alberto Tévez (born Carlos Alberto Martínez; 5 February 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus. He has previously played for Manchester City, Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United and Manchester United. He transferred to Manchester City from United in the 2009 summer transfer window, becoming the first player to move between the two rival clubs since Terry Cooke in 1999. His energy and goal scoring rate made him an indispensable player for the club in the eyes of fellow players and media alike. He was promoted to captain at the beginning of the 2010–11 season by manager Roberto Mancini.

In 2011, Tévez sought a transfer away from Manchester, citing family reasons and Sergio Agüero was drafted in as a replacement. His career has been dogged by a long-standing relationship with Media Sports Investment (along with Just Sport), the company which owned the rights of Tévez, and several other players and coaches. This eventually resulted in West Ham United being fined over issues regarding third-party ownership.[He has made 62 appearances for the Argentina national team, scoring 13 goals.

Carlos Tévez is a proven champion: Copa Libertadores winner with Boca Juniors in 2003, Champions League winner with Manchester United in 2008, consistent performer for Argentina and now Italian Super Cup winner with Juventus, the 29-year-old has success wherever he goes.

Born in Ciudadela in 1984, the Argentine frontman began his professional career with Boca Juniors at 17 and soon became a regular fixture there, netting a total of 26 strikes in 75 league appearances. A big-money move to Brazilian Serie A club Corinthians followed in 2005, where he skippered the team to a domestic championship title and received the Brazilian championship's player of the year award in 2005, the first foreigner to do so since 1976. In August 2006, Tévez opted for a new challenge in the English Premier League, where he was tasked with preserving West Ham’s top-flight status. He achieved that in style by scoring a historic winner away at Manchester United on the last day of the season.

The following summer saw the Argentine forward join Manchester United, and he scored from the spot in a dramatic Champions League final 6-5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea to secure the double for the Red Devils. After a move Manchester City, his impact at the Etihad Stadium was instant, endearing himself to the fans with a stunning haul of 43 Premiership goals in his first two seasons and calling an end on his seven-year stay in England on a high as part of the Blues' first top-flight title-winning side in 44 years.

On an international level, he burst onto the scene during his country's participation in the 2004 Olympic Games football tournament, notching eight goals in six appearances as Argentina scooped gold in Athens. After breaking through to the full Argentina side, Tévez made 64 appearances for the La Albiceleste, featuring in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and registering a total of 13 strikes.

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