He may be 32-years-old but Carlos Tevez still has ability - and lots of it.
The Argentine played for the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus in his prime but the striker rolled back the years when playing for Boca Juniors last night.
Boca were playing in a crucial Copa Libertadores tie - the South American equivalent to the Champions League - against Bolivar when Tevez produced a moment of magic.
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The game was approaching half-time with Boca leading 1-0 thanks to a Fernando Gago strike when Tevez picked the ball up 80-yards from goal.
He was up against three defenders and had support from his teammates. But Tevez decided he didn’t need anybody.
The forward carried the ball into the penalty area before being confronted by two opponents. But a Cruyff turn, followed by a drag back got him away from the defence.
But Tevez still had a lot to do from a tight angle, but did it superbly with a finish at the near post.
Check out the sublime individual goal in the video below:
Boca went onto win 3-1 to give them a brilliant chance to progress to the next round.
Tevez in England
Tevez became familiar with English fans after he, along with Javier Mascherano, joined West Ham from Corinthians in 2006.
The two transfers were investigated by the Premier League after confusion surrounding third party ownership. Eventually, West Ham were fined a record £5.5 million for breaching Premier League rules.
But the Hammers weren’t complaining about having to pay the fee after Tevez’s seven league goals, including a winner at Old Trafford against Manchester United on the final day of the season, saw them survive relegation.
It was Tevez’s last match for West Ham as he returned to the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the season on a two-year loan.
He managed to score 34 goals in 99 appearances at Manchester United, helping them to win two Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
He became a fan favourite at United with chants of “Fergie, sign him up,” when he was approaching the end of his two-year loan spell. However, Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t listen to the supporters and Tevez made the sensational switch to Manchester City.
Last month, Tevez revealed that he moved because the Scottish manager failed to fulfil his promise of offering him a permanent move.
Tevez on leaving United
“With Ferguson nothing bad happened, it was a normal relationship,” he said, per The Mirror.
“I went to [Manchester] United for two years on loan, and in the final year Ferguson told me that they were going to buy me permanently.
“We got to the Champions League final in Rome and I didn’t have any contract on the table, even though they’d spent the whole year telling me that.
“So I went to City and they complained about it but I never had the option of signing for United so I was free,” Tevez added.
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