Carlos Tevez Confirms He Will Retire In 2019

Carlos Tevez has confirmed that his intention to retire from professional football once his contract with Boca Juniors concludes in 2019. The 34-year-old re-joined his hometown club for the third time after a short spell with Chinese heavyweights Shanghai Shenhua, where he was allegedly the highest-paid player in the world.

Since his comeback, Tevez has netted on four occasions for the Argentine giants but the centre-forward is now considering the prospect of retirement, he told Canal 13“I think that when my contract ends at the end of next year I will [retire]. Other times, I missed the club when I left, but this time it won't be the same. I won't go to another team and I'll retire with this jersey. "I don't want to retire and then become a coach or director. I must prepare for such a role first.”

Tevez, who has previously represented the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus during his professional career, had hoped to revive his international prospects after securing a return from China midway through the season. However, he has been excluded from the 35-man provisional squad for the World Cup despite Jorge Sampaoli initially hinting that he could consider the experienced marksman.

As such, Tevez is mindful of the fact that he may not be considered for another international cap and this seems to be playing a role in his future decision. Boca are currently leading Godoy Cruz by two points in the Argentine top-flight and Tevez will be aiming to end his career on a high by guiding the Capital outfit to their third straight league triumph.

Tevez has scored 280 goals over the course of his professional career but his most-defining impact was undoubtedly with West Ham United where he helped them avoid relegation in the final day of the 2006/07 season against Manchester United. The Argentine scored a 45th-minute winner for the Hammers in a 1-0 triumph.