He is undoubtedly the last great idol in the history of Boca. And he is saying goodbye to the club of his loves, at 37 years old. Carlos Tevez arrived at the Xeneize Inferiores from All Boys, and debuted with Carlos Bianchi.
At that time, everyone in Boca was talking about a kid born in the humble neighborhood of Fuerte Apache, who “broke” it in the minor divisions and who with his performances was crying out to play in the First Division.
The Viceroy made him debut on October 21, 2001, in Córdoba and against Talleres, in a match that ended with a victory for the T by 1 to 0. An idol was born who, due to his way of being and his origins, was going to win very quickly the blue and gold heart.
The Apache was establishing itself in the Primera de Boca. Bianchi left, in 2002 Master Tabárez arrived, and with the return of the Viceroy in 2003 the titles arrived. Tevez was key in the conquests of the Apertura and Libertadores 2003, and also played in the World Cup final against Milan, which de la Ribera won on penalties.
After his trip to Europe, prior to Corinthians, and a career that saw him shine at Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, he returned to the club of which he is a fan.
In a unique event, La Bombonera was filled with 60,000 people one day of the week, when there was no scheduled departure, just to receive it and give it a standing ovation.
Rodolfo Arruabarrena was the coach at that time. Tevez quickly adapted to Argentine soccer and contributed to the team’s consecration in the First Division Championship and also in the 2015 Argentine Cup.
After Arruabarrena’s departure, he arrived with DT diver Guillermo Barros Schelotto, another idol of the club. He also maintained a high level with El Mellizo, where the 4-2 win over River at the Monumental stood out, where Apache scored two goals.
However, there was going to be a turning point. When it seemed that there was Tevez in Boca for a while, Apache decided to continue his career in China: Shanghai Shenhua paid a sum close to 80 million dollars for the footballer.
The news was a bucket of cold water for the Boca world. The fans who idolized him began to look at him askance and question the idol’s decision to leave the club of his loves to continue playing in the distant and incipient Chinese football.
The relationship with the people cracked, but it was not completely broken. The experience in China was not the best, and at the end of January 2018 he returned to Boca. True to his custom, Carlitos added a new star to the Ribera club, winning the 2017/2018 Super League.
The final of the Libertadores lost to River, where he only played a few minutes, made it clear that the relationship with DT Barros Schelotto was not the best. And that Tevez was not comfortable. But at the beginning of 2019 Gustavo Alfaro arrived at the substitute bench, and assured that Carlitos would be his flag.
Little by little, reality showed that the relationship with the new DT was not working either. He could never be consolidated with Alfaro, and when the current coach of the Ecuadorian team left, at the end of 2019, his future was unknown.
But Riquelme won the elections, Miguel Angel Russo took over as coach and from that moment Carlitos resurfaced. Thus, it was decisive in the title that Boca snatched from River on the last date of the 2019/2020 Super League, scoring the winning and championship goal, on the last date against Gimnasia.
Then came the pandemic, the long hiatus, and nothing was the same. The team never recovered its best image, and Carlitos, neither. In the middle, the wear with the leadership and the lack of incentives after being left out of the Libertadores against Santos, in the semifinals, shook the player’s spirit. On a personal level, he suffered the death of his father, another hard blow.
Despite the fact that in January of this year Boca would win the Diego Armando Maradona Cup and Tevez would add another title, speculation about his future was the order of the day. It was known that in the middle of the year his contract would allow him to decide whether he was willing to continue or change course.
The decision has already been made: Tevez, the last great idol of Xeneize, will not continue wearing the Boca jersey.