When the top strikers on the planet are talked about the same suspects always crop up - Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema, it is usually a list along those lines.
But one player so often overlooked is Juventus’ Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine has been in sensational form this season, building on his impressive debut campaign last term to truly blossom under Massimiliano Allegri. A player so often embroiled in controversy during his time in England is making the headlines for all the right reasons over in Italy.
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Juventus are on course to win a fourth consecutive league title with the goals of Tevez particularly to the fore. Another success would move him up to two during his time in Serie A, joining the medals won during his time at Manchester United and Manchester City.
He may yet win a second Champions League of his career. He won the first with United in 2008, scoring in the penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, but another has always evaded him up until now.
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They face Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia as well, with their manager speaking of the threat posed by Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah. Who goes through to the final after the Egyptian’s brace gave La Viola a first leg advantage could boil down as to which talisman rises to the occasion.
Tevez has always been a consistent goalscorer throughout his career, and is just three goals shy of beating his European goal record for a single campaign with the 29 he managed during his maiden season at the Etihad Stadium.
The 31-year-old is also tussling for the Golden Boot with the likes of Jeremy Menez, Luca Toni and Mauro Icardi. Menez’s goals are driving AC Milan in reach of the Europa League, an achievement that could buy manager Filippo Inzaghi another year at the helm.
In Europe he has been similarly prolific. Though three goals shy of top scorer Luiz Adriano of Ukranian outfit Shakhtar Dontesk, his tally of six is the same managed by Cavani, Benzema and Aguero. It is also more than Jackson Martinez, Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller.
Despite his incredible season it may yet end with an emotional goodbye, with Tevez keen to return to his homeland with former club Boca Juniors, in a bid to win yet another Copa Liberatores.
Throughout his career his love for Argentina has often been a big talking point, given the forward returning their during his exile from the City side after an argument with Roberto Mancini in 2011.
Juventus are thought to have earmarked Cavani as an ideal replacement, a possible swoop given particular substance after his recent spat with Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc, though Radamel Falcao is a more realistic target.
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