Lionel Messi hints at Argentina retirement following World Cup

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he could step down from international duties following the summer World Cup in Russia. The 30-year-old initially retired from international football following a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile in 2016 but he thereafter changed his mind to guide the nation through a tough World Cup qualifying campaign.

Argentina faced a must-win game against Ecuador in the final round of the qualifiers and Messi duly delivered for theAlbiceleste with a hat-trick to send them to the World Cup. Since then, there has been plenty of talk of Messi announcing his international retirement following the World Cup and he has now admitted that it could be the case, should the nation fail to win the global tournament.

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.”

Carlos Tevez Returns To Boca Juniors After Early Termination Of Shanghai Shenhua Contract

Carlos Tevez has once again returned back to Boca Juniors after having decided to terminate his Shanghai Shenhua contract well earlier than scheduled. Tevez made headlines when he made the switch to Shanghai Shenhua, after signing a contract that made him the world’s best paid player. The Argentine was earning around £ 620,000 per week – more than double that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at that period. Even though he has cost a bomb, Tevez failed to deliver the goods at the Chinese club. He came in with dismal performances in the Chinese Super League, and it was immediately speculated that he was unhappy with life in China.

Lionel Messi Admits 2018 World Cup Is The Last Chance At Glory With Argentina

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes the upcoming World Cup in Russia is likely to his final crack at winning a major title with the Argentina national side. The 30-year-old has won everything within reach in club football, but he has yet to witness a similar feat with Argentina, having lost in the finals of the 2014 World Cup. The Argentina captain suffered further disappointment in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America, where the nation lost to Chile on penalties.

Wayne Rooney picks Carlos Tevez as his favourite striker partner

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has claimed that he experienced the best time of his career when he was paired alongside Carlos Tevez at Manchester United. The former England international re-joined the Toffees on a free transfer last summer after he ended his 13-year association with Manchester United, where he became their all-time goalscorer.

Boca Juniors Confirm That Tevez May Not Return in January

Argentine outfit Boca Juniors have confirmed that they do not have any deal to bring in Carlos Tevez back to his hometown outfit. The Argentine has been struggling to settle since making the headline-making move to Shanghai Shenhua back in 2016. Back then, Tevez became the world’s highest player when he signed a £ 600,000 per week contract to play in China. Immediately upon his arrival at China, he was greeted with a large amount of fanfare but this was not immediately followed with good performances. Over the course of time, it became clear that Tevez was struggling to give his best since he did not settle in China.

Since then, rumours have been going through that the player wants a return back to Argentine football with his former club Boca Juniors. Even though it would take an astronomical sum of money to release him from the contract, it is believed that Boca Juniors were convincing Shanghai Shenhua to accept a much lower fee. This deal appears to be in the works, and a deal was expected as early as in January but it seems that Boca Juniors may not bring him after all. The club have now confirmed that there have been no negotiations with the player and that it is unlikely that a deal would be concluded in the near future.


Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has revealed that Roberto Mancini had a sour relationship with his players prior to his sacking in 2013. The Italian, who was infamously known for his fallouts with Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, guided the Citizens to their maiden Premier League title back in the 2011-12 season.

In an extract of his autobiography, Given claimed that Mancini had further issues with other players in the squad, and he literally fell out with everyone including the physios. The former Republic of Ireland international also revealed that he was ready to throw a party for himself after Italian was dismissed from his position - following a shocking FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic.

Chinese football is 50 years behind world's top leagues

Argentina international Carlos Tevez has claimed that the Chinese Super League is way off the standards of the top football leagues in the world.

The former Juventus man signed for Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016 on a two-year deal worth £650,000 per week.

Despite the huge sums on offer, Tevez has not had a fond time on the playing field with injuries and the lack of fitness restricting him to just half of the club's league games. Speaking to French broadcaster SFR Sport, he said: "In South America and Europe, players learn to play football when they're kids, but not here. So technically they are not very good. Their football is very different. The fans treat it very differently as well. And I don't think they are going to get to the same heights, not even in 50 years,"

Shanghai Shenhua reject Carlos Tevez reserve talk

Shanghai Shenhua chairman Wu Xiaohui have reportedly knocked back suggestions that Carlos Tevez has been excluded from first-team duties.

However, the club chief has challenged the Argentine to show the real stuff following his slow start to his Chinese Super League career.

Wu said: "Quite the contrary, head coach Wu Jingui and team leader Mao Yijun have shown great concern for him and the communication between them is very smooth. We are not making excuses for Tevez, the club just want to clarify that he hasn't abandoned himself like some foreign media have claimed. He should have realised that he will not be picked in the starting line-up purely on reputation. We have five healthy foreign players -- if he wants to be one of the three who are eligible to play, he's got to show the real stuff."