The next time Carlos Tevez pulls on the jersey of a club team, it will be one featuring the famous blue and yellow of Boca Juniors, the club for which the 31-year-old made his professional debut in 2001 at 16 years old.
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Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici confirmed the signing of Tevez from Juventus on Friday, while Tevez and his Argentina teammates faced off against Colombia in the Copa America quarterfinals. The announcement was made while Tevez sat on the bench, waiting to enter the game. He would eventually score the game-winner in a seven-round penalty shootout.
Angelici, on the signing of Tevez, from the BBC:
“It is a day of joy and great satisfaction. The return of Carlos Tevez in an extraordinary moment of his career is fantastic news for all partners and supporters of Boca and Argentine football. The presence of Carlos will give another leap in quality to the great squad we have.”
During his 15-year pro career, Tevez has never remained at one club for more than four seasons (Boca Juniors and Manchester City), so an eventual move away Juventus — and back to his homeland in particular — always seemed likely for Tevez.
Rumors of a possible move to Major League Soccer for Tevez have also done the rounds in recent years, but the link to Boca, for whom he scored 38 goals in 110 games before moving to Corinthians followed by West Ham United, won out in the end.