BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, June 4 — Former Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, who has been without a club for a year, announced his retirement on Saturday.
“I’m retiring, it’s confirmed,” the 38-year-old told America TV in Argentina.
“As a player, I gave everything I had in my heart and that leaves me at peace with myself.”
Tevez played 76 times for Argentina, including two World Cups, and was part of the gold medal-winning squad at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
At club level, he started and ended his career with Boca Juniors, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2003, but in the meantime he enjoyed huge success and quite a bit of controversy in England and Italy.
In 2006, he joined West Ham, but his subsequent move to Manchester United a year later became mired in the ‘third-party ownership’ dispute which was to see changes to Premier League and FIFA regulations regarding player contracts.
At Manchester United, he won two Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League, scoring in the penalty shootout against Chelsea.
A year later he made the controversial decision to move across Manchester to join United’s biggest rivals, helping City win the 2011-12 Premier League, their first Premier League title since 1968.
He then decamped to Italy winning two Serie A titles with Juventus before returning to Boca Juniors in 2015.
Tevez was scarred by the death of his adoptive father, Segundo Tevez, from Covid-19 in February 2021 and moved away from Boca in June of the same year for family reasons.
“I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan and I lost the urge. I was eight when he came to see me play,” he said on television.
He said he now plans to become a coach.