Former Manchester City and Manchester United striker, Carlos Tevez, has confirmed his retirement following the death of his father last year.
Tevez revealed he had turned down offers to prolong his career in the United States and decided to officially bring his time in football to a close at the age of 38.
The Argentinian, who won three Premier League titles, two Scudetti, and the Champions League, last played for Boca Juniors before leaving his boyhood club in June last year.
Tevez said he had stopped playing after ‘losing his number one fan’ – his adopted father, Segundo Raimundo, who died following complications from Covid-19.
‘I have retired, it’s confirmed,’ he said, according to the Mundo Albiceleste website. ‘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.’
Tevez earlier this year revealed his struggles with his weight, admitting he had been ‘eating and drinking too much’ after leaving Boca.
‘I eat empanadas and drink fernet and wine – whatever I want,’ he said. ‘I take care of myself a little, but I now have an extra three or four kilos. I get up a little late. I can’t imagine going back to training and running.
‘I used to get up at 6am to go training. I would arrive first and be the last to leave. But I don’t have the strength to do that now.’