A Long List of Transfer Sagas and Diego Maradona’s Reaction: Five Things on Carlos Tevez’s Return to La Bombonera!
Last week, the controversial but iconic Argentine forward made his way back to La Boca district after a disappointing 12-month spell with Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, a division the former Juventus man was expected to light up with his dynamic style of play
Sadly, while the transfer of Carlos Tevez to Shanghai was seen as a significant moment in the history of the club, the 33-year-old failed to reward the faith his employers put in him, eventually forcing a transfer back home after a lengthy soap opera
Here’s five things that might interest you about Tevez’s return to Boca Juniors
The Chinese May Never Forget The Transgressions Of Tevez
While Shanghai Shenhua were dragged into a pool of conflict by the player’s agent and eventually had to terminate the Argentine’s contract to fast-track his departure, Tevez’s care-free attitude and comments no doubt left a bitter impression on Chinese football fans
Titan Sport’s Ma Dexing, one of China’s leading football journalists, hit the nail on the head in an interview with ESPN FC:
“His performances were disappointing for many Chinese fans.
“I’m not really sure what he did that was good for the club or for football in China
“I think he thought it would be easy and he said some things that weren’t good for the club as well.
“You could see from the beginning that so many fans expected he could do something for the club, but in the first match they lost against Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League.
“And after that Shanghai Shenhua went down. He got so much money, but he didn’t prove that he deserved it.”
Speaking to SFR Sport last September, Tevez said:
“Chinese players are not as naturally skilled like South American or European players.
“Like players who learned football when they were kids. They’re not good.
“Even in 50 years, they still won’t be able to compete.”
Not the kind of comments you’d expect from a high-quality player, but then, he’s Carlos Tevez, isn’t he?
Staggering Wages and Bonuses, Disappointing Returns
When Carlos Tevez Joined Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016, he was placed on an astonishing £615,000-a-week wages, making him the highest paid footballer, dead or alive.
However, after collecting free money for almost a season with just four goals in twenty appearances, Tevez finally left China to pitch tent with boyhood club, Boca Juniors.
Diego Maradona’s Incredible Reaction
Carlos Tevez and Diego Armando Maradona have a lot of things in common, both forwards in their days with the Argentina National team, have had/still having their fair share of controversies, and most notably, couldn’t care less about what the Chinese think of Tevez’s actions
Maradona’s comment was no doubt good-humored and couldn’t have stirred already troubled waters, but it’s equally fair to say, that the Chinese don’t find it funny, if they did, they’d be erecting a statue to celebrate his sense of humor.
Another Transfer Window, Another Tevez Saga
Shanghai Shenhua couldn’t help but wish Tevez all the best after the Argentine’s representatives forced the club into terminating his contract to enable him return to Club Atlético Boca Juniors. However, for those familiar with the transfer timeline of the 33-year-old, the Shanghai controversy doesn’t come as a surprise.
In the summer of 2006, Carlos Tevez reportedly refused to play for Corinthians as both he and Javier Mascherano focused on completing their transfers to West Ham United, a side managed by Alan Curbishley at the time
The energetic forward revealed on his website that he and his compatriot were joining the hammers for undisclosed fees; In September 2006, Carlos Tevez made his debut for the hammers, but there was more to come as far as transfer controversies were concerned.
After a relegation surviving season at Upton park, El Apache involved in yet another transfer drama as he forced a £20 million move to Manchester United on a two-year-loan deal, against the wishes of his employers.
Again, another intriguing drama had unfolded, but more episodes would follow in the near future
Unsurprisingly, The spectators didn’t have to wait long. After 19 goals in 63 appearances for the red devils, Tevez joined cross-town rivals Manchester City after his representatives informed United of the player’s wishes to leave Old Trafford
Subsequently, in the summer of 2009, Tevez was handed a five-year-contract by the Cityzens and would eventually be handed the captain’s arm-band by Roberto Mancini , a year after his infamous move from Old Trafford
The Argentine no doubt settled in pretty well, and was instrumental as the noisy neighbors defied all odds to lift the Premier League in 2011/12.
However, things took a twist after the iconic forward reportedly refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern in the Champions league, City placed the Argentine on a garden leave (received his wages in full, but was Instructed to stay away from the team).
After several weeks on the sidelines, Tevez returned to first team business with Manchester City, scoring against Chelsea in a 2-1 victory at the Etihad, but by then, he was in the twilight of his days with the Cityzens and at the end of the following season, he left for Juventus.
After a successful two-year spell with the Bianconeri (Two Serie-As, One league cup and the Super Coppa Italiana) Tevez quietly returned to Boca Juniors for his second spell with the club, a period in which he won the domestic double with his boy hood club.
After 12 months at La Bombonera, El Apache, made the famous move to the Chinese Super League, joining Shanghai Shenhua as the highest paid footballer on a weekly wage of £615,000. But things didn’t go as planned, Tevez’s stay in Shanghai was far from impressive, and of course, that lead to the latest episode the Tevez-Transfer-Saga series
The Chicken Keeps Coming Home to Roost
After bursting onto the scene as a promising teenager in 2001, the Boca sensation was hailed as Diego Maradona’s heir, and would go on to enjoy successful spells in England (West ham, Manchester United, Manchester) and Italy (Juventus)
However, each time it seemed like the former Manchester City captain was losing his sanity, Boca Juniors always waited with open arms to welcome their illustrious son
After a heart-breaking 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2014/15 Champions league final, Tevez left Juventus to pursue his dreams of winning the ‘Argentine Primeira division and Copa Argentina’ double with his boyhood club.
At the end of the 2015/16 season, Tevez’s dreams were fulfilled, and his 9 goals in 15 games were largely significant as he became the first player to win two domestic and league cups in one calendar year
As the versatile forward returns for his third spell with the Azul y Oro, one can only expect the best from the robust and fattened chicken that just loves coming home to roost.