Carlos Tevez reveals how he walked away from his £650,000-a-week deal in China to a earn spot in Argentina’s World Cup squad… only to be snubbed
- Argentinean striker Carlos Tevez joined Boca Juniors for a third time in January
- He left Shanghai Shenhua in China where he had been on £650,000 per week
- Tevez’s decision to move was motivated by his desire to earn a World Cup place
- But after missing out, he said: ‘Not everyone can go to the World Cup, right?’
Carlos Tevez admitted ‘age is catching up with me’ as he explained how his decision to walk away from a £650,000-a-week contract in China backfired.
Tevez became the highest-earning footballer in the world when he joined Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016, but he left the Chinese Super League little over a year later when he joined Boca Juniors for a third time.
His decision to rejoin Boca was motivated by a desire to prove he could still be competitive at a higher level in the hope that his performances would earn him a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad for Russia 2018.
Carlos Tevez admitted ‘age is catching up with me’ after failing to earn a place at the World Cup
But the 34-year-old suffered an injury which derailed his attempt to impress Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli, who eventually went with Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala as the four strikers in his 23-man squad.
Tevez, who took a huge paycut to join Boca, said: ‘I expected to be in the World Cup.
‘I had returned to Boca from China because of that, but then I had a muscular injury and I understood I would not succeed.
‘I feel that age is catching up with me. Recovery is getting slower and slower.
‘Not everyone can go to the World Cup, right? Look at Mauro Icardi.’
Icardi scored 29 goals for Inter Milan in an excellent 2018-19 campaign but still missed out on a place in Sampaoli’s final party.
Tevez rejoined Boca Juniors in January when he walked away from a £650,000-a-week deal
Author: Nancy Parker
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