I wonder sometimes, why footballers, who are one of the highest paid people in the world sometimes behave so stupidly and are sometimes very selfish! One such player is Carlos Tevez. His footballing abilities are well documented and admired by friends and foes. Everyone knows how he saved West Ham from relegation in the 2006/07 season singlehandedly. Everyone knows how devastatingly he formed a partnership with Ronaldo and Rooney at Man United which came to be known as the “Holy Trinity of Man United”. Everybody knows how brilliant his goal scoring rate was for Manchester City. And above all everybody knows how high his work rate is, which is often referred to as “bull-dog like approach” by the legendary commentator, Martin Tyler. This involvement of his, with the game and his abilities endeared him to the fans of whatever club he’s played with, be it West Ham or United or City. He had a place in the fans’ hearts everywhere he’s been. But recently his behavior is becoming increasingly disruptive and in a way he is destroying the fan base which he built in England and around the world with his own hands!
It all started with Man Untied. At the end of the 2008/09 season which saw Tevez getting few starts, Man United were unwilling to make his loan deal permanent. Fans wanted him and they called on United to sign him. But no move was made. He became totally angry and when City came calling he swapped the Red half of Manchester for the Blue one. This made the United fans very angry and they were further aggravated when he sponsored a huge banner with the text “Welcome to Manchester” which was displayed when United came to Eastlands for the derby. He lost his hero status with the United fans and this was the first sin of Carlos Tevez!
But his performances were top-notch as usual for Man City. He was scoring like crazy and his enormous work rate won him more hearts. His first season was a huge hit. But his relations with Man United hit another low as he had altercations with Gary Neville during the first leg of the Carling Cup Semifinal. But he became a fans’ favorite at City and he had put up scintillating high-intensity performances that was very typical of him. He scored around 29 goals for City in his first season. His second season was also great, scoring plenty of goals and winning the Premier League Golden Boot along with Berbatov.
But his problems started again. during December he suddenly handed in a transfer requesting stating that he was not happy with certain people in City. He also said “I want to be close to my daughters in Argentina. I live for my family and its hard for me to stay away from them”. He also told some reporters that he may consider quitting football. But many reported that this was fueled by unwillingness of City to offer a new improved deal with more salary for Carlos. And Carlos’ agent, the infamous Kia Joorabchian was blamed for advising Tevez to make this move. But after talks with the manager he withdrew the request and stated he has committed his future to city! His performances after that also seemed to say that He is committed to City. He ended the season on a high.
Things didnt stop there, he again started his story. In the summer when he came to Argentina for the Copa America, he reportedly said to an Argentine Radio that Manchester is a bad place to live and that he will never go there again. City were clear that Tevez wanted out. And they tried negotiating with him but everything broke down.
As an Argentina fan, I had a long admiration for Carlos right from his days with West Ham. Who can forget his performance against Spurs at Upton Part where Spurs defeated the Hammers 4-3 in a match filled with drama. That match tipped the tables for West Ham and their march toward Premier League Survival started there! But recent behavior irritated even the staunchest of his fans and I was clearly annoyed and so was Sergio Batista. He decided to drop Carlos at first but for some reason chose to take him back. But that was a huge mistake. Argentina’s failure at Copa America was partly due to Tevez’s half hearted performances. He was unusually selfish in every game he played in.
City transfer lister their star striker and Corinthians came calling and they offered 40 million pounds for Tevez. But they were not able to put the amount together and the deal fell in the last moment and Tevez was tied with City. But Tevez’s superstar status at City was now challenged by the arrival of another like-skilled Argentine, Sergio Aguero. And Aguero’s awesome performances pushed Carlos down into the bench and this made him more and more unhappy.
Tevez still had some fans in Argentina – the Messi Haters. But even they were made to hate Tevez when he made a dramatic statement in September when Argentina traveled to India for a friendly. He reportedly stated that it would be a disgrace to play for the Argentine National Team. For me that was the end of the line! That ~love~, I shouted on hearing that. And the timing was even more awkward. He said that when the team were about to start the game in Kolkata. For me watching Argentina gives so much joy and have admiration for every Argentine player. So what he said totally broke my heart and angered most Argentina fans.
Dont relax, it doesn’t end here. He showed he hasnt lost his want for controversy in the Champions League game for City against Bayern at the Allianz Arena. City were behind and Mancini wanted Tevez to come on. But he refused to train and come on as a sub. In plain English, he refused to play! That was the end of his City story! Mancini was totally frustrated with him and said “If I had my way, he would be out of the Club”. And he has had his way! After an initial two week suspension, Tevez now has been placed on gardening leave until the end of his contract (ends in 2014).
And all these are just the highlights of his tumultuous career. He has had many small altercations and fights with a variety of people, from colleagues to managers! Just think about this guy. Youve got a 6 figure salary paid to you every week, youve got great skill, huge fanbase, cult status in both Manchester and Buenos Aires, and yet you decide to be a jerk! I just cant comprehend the behavior of such people. He has forgotten his humble beginnings. In Argentina when a star emerges from the impoverished suburbs of Argentina, he becomes God. Tevez was God like Maradona. And he touched hearts when he said he would like to leave his scar on his face as it is, as it would remind him of his humble origins. And thats why he has more fans than Messi in Argentina. But now his true colors have been exposed. For me, calling him Crazy Tevez is a huge understatement. He is more than that!