27 June 2013
Carlos Alberto Tévez joins Juventus with a reputation as one of the world’s most explosive forward talents.
Born in Ciudadela on 5 February 1984, the Argentine frontman began his professional career with Boca Juniors, making his first team championship bow at the tender age of 17.
His indisputable qualities and eye for goal soon saw ‘El Apache’ become a regular fixture in the Boca side, netting a total of 26 strikes in 75 league appearances.
A big-money move to Brazilian Serie A club Corinthians followed in January 2005, where the striker skippered the team to a domestic championship title.
A host of eye-catching performances, backed up with an impressive overall ratio of 25 goals in 38 games, saw Tévez receive the Brazilian championship’s player of the year award in 2005, making him the first foreigner to scoop the accolade since 1976.
In August 2006, Tévez opted for a new challenge in the English Premier League, joining fellow countryman Javier Mascherano in completing a switch to London-based club West Ham United.
Tasked with preserving the Hammers’ top-flight status, Tévez ended his one-season spell in style by scoring a historic winner away at Manchester United on the last day of the season to guarantee another campaign in England’s top tier.
The following summer saw the Argentine forward join Manchester United, where he formed a devastating three-pronged attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
The trio lifted the Red Devils to Premiership and Champions League glory, with Tévez converting from the spot in a dramatic 6-5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea.
After winning a further Premiership title, the World Club Cup and the League Cup during the 2008/09 campaign, Tévez was on the move again, this time to United’s inter-city rivals, Manchester City.
His impact at the Etihad Stadium was instant, endearing himself to the fans with a stunning haul of 43 Premiership goals in his first two seasons and captaining City to their FA Cup triumph in 2010/11.
And, after forming part of the Blues’ first top-flight title-winning side in 44 years, Tévez brought down the curtain on his seven-year stay in England with last season’s 11 goals in 28 Premier League appearances.
On an international level, he burst onto the scene during his country’s participation in the 2004 Olympic Games football tournament, notching eight goals in six appearances as Argentina scooped gold in Athens.
After breaking through to the full Argentina side, Tévez made 64 appearances for the La Albiceleste, featuring in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and registering a total of 13 strikes.
The frontman’s clinical finishing and never-say-die attitude will be music to the ears of Antonio Conte, who will look forward to welcoming him into his Scudetto-winning squad when the team regroup for July’s pre-season preparations in Val d’Aosta.