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Carlos Tevez

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 20:22, 29 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 11:20, 5 July 2007 (UTC).* Appearances (Goals)

He is regarded as one of the most promising prospects to come out of Argentina. Like Argentine teammate Lionel Messi, he has been labelled as the "New Maradona". Diego Maradona once described him as the "Argentine prophet for the 21st century".

Tévez has a distinctive burn mark from his right ear, down his neck to his chest. This occurred when he was ten months old while he was exploring his mother’s kitchen floor and he inadvertently pulled a kettle of boiling water over himself. This caused third-degree burns to the right side of his face, neck and chest and left him in intensive care for almost two months. Today, the scars are a highly visible feature of Tévez, who did not get them fixed because he was playing in a junior football team. He refused an offer from his then club, Boca Juniors, to have them cosmetically improved, saying that the scars were a part of who he was in the past and who he is today.

Tévez joined Boca at the age of thirteen and played his first professional match with Boca on October 21, 2001 against Talleres de Córdoba. He played for the team until the end of 2004. With Boca Juniors he won an Argentine Championship (2003), a Copa Libertadores (2003), an Intercontinental Cup (2003), and a Copa Sudamericana (2004). Because of the Intercontinental Cup of 2003, he did not participate in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Argentine team.

Following Argentina's and Tévez personal success at the 2004 Olympic Games, he was named Futbolista latinoamericano más destacado ("Most notable Latin American footballer") in 2003 by Latin American Fox Sports. In addition, the Argentine Football Writers chose him as Footballer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year 2004.

On 17 December 2006, the News of the World revealed that Tévez said he was surprised Alan Pardew had not been sacked earlier than now and that he criticized Pardew's management.

Tévez's future at West Ham has been the subject of constant speculation ever since he signed for the Hammers, with the media linking him to a host of European clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Internazionale. However, West Ham stated repeatedly that they owned his registration and did not wish to sell him.

At the end of June, Tévez rejected a move to Inter Milan, having been given a deadline for his decision by the Serie A champions. His agent, Kia Joorabchian, stated that he was in discussions with West Ham, as the player was settled in the Premiership and had publicly stated his desire to stay in England. Tévez went on to claim that he would not make a decision on his future until the Copa America finished in July, but on 5 July the Daily Mail broke news that Tévez had reportedly agreed to join Manchester United in a deal worth £20 million, subject to an appeal from West Ham. In response to the rumoured deal, the Premier League issued a statement indicating they would block any proposed transfer unless they were certain West Ham would receive the majority of any transfer fee. The Premier League have insisted that "Any deal for Carlos Tevez has to be done directly with West Ham".


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