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Carlos Tevez continues to fire for Juventus

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Sitting at the summit of the Serie A table, Juventus have been in fine form and, among numerous impressive statistics, they have been enjoying a glutinous goal scoring campaign.

Obviously, the side cruising in Serie A and sweeping all away before them have their strike-force to thank for the enormous goal tally, with 31-year-old energetic forward Carlos Tevez proving particular potent in the opposition penalty area.

Tevez's ability has often been overshadowed by his 'tantrums' (as the press would put them) and unsettled behaviour, but his endeavour and quality on the pitch has never been in doubt.

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Off-field troubles

It was often his antics off it that caused him to struggle with the British press and, ultimately, life in England became quite a challenge for the player. Before Tevez signed for Juventus, his stint in England, although marred with controversy, was not without success. It showed the player was made of the right stuff.

His tireless work-rate and thirst for goals saw him win league titles at both Man City and Man Utd, pick up further domestic honours and also a Champions League medal. However his somewhat controversial arrival at West Ham (although not his fault) coupled with the subsequent burning of the bridges at Old Trafford meant his on-field efforts were oft overlooked.

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That is perhaps understandable given that his clash with manager Roberto Mancini at City, who had made the Argentine club captain, resulted in the player's departure from the Etihad Stadium.

Tevez was made surplus to requirements in the summer of 2013. Juve came a knockin' and he was shipped out for a measly £10 million. Peanuts for a player of his calibre in today's transfer market.

With the limelight and scrutiny lifted from him Tevez made a slightly subdued move to Turin with the club looking to fix what had looked to be a misunderstood and damaged player.

In love again

His love for football was instantly rekindled in Italy as he hit top form straight away, bagging a goal in his first Serie A game and his first hat-trick for the club in December, ending the season as top scorer for Juve, and being named their player of the season.

It was an impressive input from someone playing in a team consisting of such world beaters like Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba, as Juve streaked to a record point tally for a season and a third consecutive Scudetto. Tevez had settled straight into life at La Bianconeri looking like the player he'd promised to be when he burst on the scene following the 2006 World Cup.

Italy's most dominant side often look to the ability and depth in midfield this season with heavyweights like Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal being the engine of a finely tuned machine.

However it's been the bullish and aggressive finishing from Tevez that has seen his side transcend in the goals department and progress to the latter stages of the Champions League, having pumped three of his own over two legs against Dortmund in the last 16.

But what next for Tevez?

The player is surely heading for another golden boot in what is a typically clinical season. However, alongside another league title there's also the potential for a second Champions League medal on the horizon as the stutters that looked to have halted an impressive and almost legendary career in England seem to be distant memories for the Argentine forward.

A player that never looks settled finally seems to have found a home in Turin. But with the player being recently linked to a return to his homeland and whispers of a pre-contract agreement, who knows what's to come for one of the most enigmatic strikers of our generation.

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