Tevez’s 5 wildest moments from being ‘popular with birds’ to feud with Sir Alex

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Carlos Tevez has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 38.

The Argentine striker confirmed he would be ending his career on Saturday morning, telling Mundo Albiceleste: “I have retired, it is confirmed. They offered me many things, including from the United States. But that's it, I have given everything. Playing the last year was very difficult but I was able to see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan.”

Following the news Tevez is hanging up his boots, here is a run down of some of the wildest moments from his playing career.

Joining West Ham United

Beyond being a major transfer coup, West Ham United's double swoop for Tevez and his Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano appeared a normal deal when it was completed on Deadline Day in August 2006.

However, it later transpired that the pair were both owned by a third-party group, with a drawn out legal process following that resulted in third-party ownership being banned in England, with FIFA later following suit.

Seven goals in the last 10 matches of the season from Tevez helped secured the Hammers' survival at the expense of Sheffield United, with the two clubs later reaching an out-of-court settlement after the Blades took legal action.

“Popular with birds”

During his one season spell at Upton Park, Tevez reportedly became a hit with women on a team night out, according to Carlton Cole.

Recalling the night out, Cole explained: “That was when I knew he was famous too. I knew of him, obviously, but that was when I started to know he was loved, because everyone gravitated towards him. And I'm talking about everyone. Birds, the waiters, everyone just wanted a picture with him, so I was like 'he is actually a big deal'."

He also revealed that he lost Tevez at around one in the morning and was unable to get hold of his fellow striker until 5am when Tevez finally answered his phone.

Refusing to play

During Manchester City's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in September 2011, Tevez made headlines when he refused to come on as a substitute.

Manager Roberto Mancini stated that Tevez' City career was over after he refused to apologise and Tevez spent several months playing golf after being placed on gardening leave. He would return in the final months of the season to play a key part in City's maiden Premier League title win.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was not the first time Tevez had refused to play, having done the same just weeks prior to his move to West Ham when he refused to play for Corinthians in Brazil.

War of words with Sir Alex Ferguson

After his breakthrough season at West Ham, Tevez moved to Manchester United on a two-year loan deal, during which time he won two league titles and the Champions League.

Following the end of the loan, it had been expected he would make the move permanent, only for Tevez to complete a shock transfer to fierce rivals City. After completing the deal, Tevez fired a parting shot at Sir Alex Ferguson as he explained: "The first thing United's fans have to understand is that a part of my heart will always be with them.

"They were very supportive and they always made me feel good even when I wasn't playing, so I will always keep that in my heart. The second point is that the reason I did not stay at United was nothing to do with the fans. It was because Alex Ferguson and David Gill did not want to keep me there."

Chinese "holiday"

After leaving City in 2013, Tevez had spells with Juventus and back in Argentina with Boca Juniors before joining the list of stars to head to the Chinese Super League.

Tevez signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January 2017 but lasted just one year in the Far East before returning to Boca, with Tevez not playing during his final five months with the club.

Whilst in China, Tevez was the league's second highest earner on a reported £640,000-per-week and later described his time in the league as a "holiday".

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