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Carlos Tevez has laughed off a disastrous year in the Chinese Super League, calling his stay in Asia a “seven-month holiday”. The former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star earned a reported €38 million for his year with Shanghai Shenhua after moving from Boca Juniors at the start of 2017.
His move, however, was wholly underwhelming, as the striker played just 20 times for his club and scored a pitiful four goals amid complaints over his unprofessional attitude. In an interview with Argentine TV, he joked: “It’s fine because I was on vacation for seven months”. He said: “When I landed in China, I wanted to return to Boca”.
In September, new Shanghai coach Wu Jingui said Tevez was “overweight” and could not play until he was fit. “It’s fine for the Shanghai manager and president to criticize me, I didn’t know what I was doing there”, the forward added.
This is Tevez’s third spell at Boca, having performed for them from 2001 to 2004 and 2015 to 2016, and making over 150 appearances. The loyal fanbase of la Bombonera will hope his mind and body are no longer on holiday.
The 33-year-old’s time in China was described by fellow Argentina legend Diego Maradona as Tevez filling “his Santa sack with dollars before returning to Boca”. Maradona told that this transfer would be “perfect” for the Argentinian side.
As has happened at several points in his much-travelled career, plenty of Boca fans were also irritated by Tevez’s decision to walk out on the club in 2017 just 18 months after his much-heralded homecoming to the Bombonera. Carlitos, however, insists that this second return has wiped the slate clean with those critics.