Carlos Tevez recently ended his four-year spell with Manchester City - and, despite his time there being marred by controversy, he was without doubt a key figure for the Citizens.
The partnership he formed with fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero was probably the most successful aspect of his tenure at the Etihad Stadium and, while the devastating duo will still be tearing defences open on the international stage, City fans will no longer be seeing the two of them linking up with an almost telepathic understanding.
But did City make the most of this partnership while they could?
When Aguero first arrived in the blue half of Manchester it seemed that he would be replacing Tevez rather than be linking up with him. This expectation seemed inevitable when Tevez infamously refused to warm up during a match against Bayern Munich, which led to Tevez’s self-imposed exile from the club which lasted for the majority of the season.
At this point it seemed impossible that the former Manchester United man would ever play for City again but, at a point when the Premier League title seemed to be slipping from City’s grasp, Roberto Mancini decided to give Tevez a second chance and it proved to be a wise decision as Tevez helped inspire City to their first league title in 44 years.
And it soon became evident City were at their most potent when it was the two Argentines who led the line.
There was an incredible statistic, which was only broken midway through last season: that City had won every game when Aguero and Tevez both started the game.
Yet despite this statistic and the clearly awesome attacking flair that the two strikers possessed, especially when played together, Roberto Mancini seemed reluctant to name them both in the same staring line-up.
He instead opted for either Edin Dzeko or Mario Balotelli - and while they are both very talented attacking talents in their own rights they are no Aguero or, indeed, Tevez.
Now the controversial figure of Tevez will be plying his trade in Italy with Juventus and the City faithful are left wondering what might have been if Tevez and Aguero were partnered up top more often.
They almost certainly would have finished closer to their neighbours United in the Premier League title race. But now the Citizens have to look forward to life without Tevez and prepare themselves for life with new manager Manuel Pellegrini, with new hope that they can once again dent United’s dominance of English football.
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