Carlos Tevez is only 32, but the Argentine striker has admitted he’s seriously considering hanging up his boots later this year.
The former West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star had always dreamt about ending his career back at his beloved Boca Juniors.
During his time in England, Tevez stated his desire to return to Argentina on numerous occasions but it was still a surprise when he left Juve for his home country last year, at the age of 31.
Domestic football in South America, it could be argued, has never been weaker. But Tevez was determined to return to Boca, fed up with the stresses of playing in Europe.
It now seems, however, that the striker has realised the grass isn’t greener in Argentina at this moment in time.
Tevez explains why he's considering retirement
Tevez is thinking about quitting football altogether before the end of the year because he’s had enough of the day-to-day problems of being a footballer in the South American country.
“Retiring at the end of the year is a possibility,” Tevez was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS. “I’m going to think about it. It’s a personal decision. I don’t know how much more I can give. The day-to-day life in this world is exhausting.”
He continued: “The organisation is terrible. In Europe you know on what date you’ll play each team for the first six months. Here you can’t plan anything.”
Tevez could surely still do a job in Europe
Given that Tevez spent nine years playing at the top level of European football, it’s no surprise that returning to Argentina has come as something of a culture shock to the player.
But if Tevez does decide to retire, what a waste it would be for football.
The powerful forward, who has scored nine goals in 17 matches for Boca this term, netted 29 goals in his final season with Juve and could surely still do a job for a top club in Europe.
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