Following their narrow 1-0 win over Tigre on Sunday, Boca Juniors have won their first Argentine Primera Division title in four years.
And at the heart of their title-winning side lies Carlos Tevez, who has inspired his team to the championship with a game to spare.
The Argentine's summer transfer from Juventus to Boca Juniors proved baffling for many. Still only 31 and having reached the Champions League final just last season, the striker was experiencing great success in Italy.
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With two Scudettos in as many years, Tevez was an instrumental cog in an extremely fruitful squad. Moreover, the ex-West Ham forward boasted a superb half-century of goals for the Old Lady in just 95 appearances.
Despite glory in Turin and a return to the national team for the 2015 Copa America, Tevez completed his dream move back to Argentina on June 26 for a fee in the region of €6.5 million. The forward had donned the Boca shirt between 2001 and 2004; he was making a comeback after 11 years away.
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Since that shock transfer, Boca Juniors have sealed the league title while Juventus have spectacularly plummeted in Serie A.
The Old Lady sit tenth in the table - a lowly position considering they have exercised complete dominance over the country since 2012. Whether or not done deliberately, Tevez seems to have fled a sinking ship with his South American switch.
Boca Juniors is the club closest to Tevez’s heart and he has demonstrated this passionately in his second spell. In fact, his arrival has been a crucial factor in Xeneizes’ late season charge towards the league title. Tevez is proving a contagious inspiration.
Of the 14 games played since the 31-year-old’s return, Boca have won an incredible 11, with the forward himself striking on nine occasions. The still world-class abilities of Tevez have blown away all opposition and this weekend’s victory against Tigre confirmed a spectacular turn around.
A solitary goal from Luciano Fabián Monzón wrapped up the championship to ignite rapturous joy around La Bombonera.
According to BBC Sport, Tevez stated: "I've won championships in many places but nothing compares with this."
The victory proved his eighth league title in four countries, with Tevez having played for some of Europe’s finest clubs. However, amongst two Scudettos and two Premier League titles, the Argentine holds the 2015 Primera Division Championship dearest.
Although not as prestigious as the titles he won across the Atlantic, there is no doubt Tevez feels the greatest joy when enveloped in his boyhood club. Adored and idolised by fans, the 31-year-old has certainly paid the Boca fans and directors back for their ambitious transfer.
In a sport so polluted by money, it’s refreshing to see a player prioritising childhood love despite having had many more years to offer in the financial swamps of Europe.
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