Carlos Tevez earned £32m from transfer where he said he was ‘on holiday’

Ex-Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is believed to have earned a jaw-dropping £32million from a seven-month transfer.

The Argentine wowed on the pitch, playing in a star-studded Red Devils side after arriving in England originally to play for West Ham with fellow countryman Javier Mascherano. The striker had a long career that included three spells in his homeland at Boca Juniors and a bizarre spell in China.

Back in 2016, Tevez was one of a number of players to join the Chinese Super League as money was ploughed into the league in a bid to raise the level of the league.

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Tevez, along with the likes of Demba Ba, Fredy Guarin and Jackson Martinez, made the move and banked some mega wages during their spells.

It was reported the three-time Premier League winner was pocketing a mouth-watering £615,000 a week, totalling around £32m during his stint. Despite the massive money involved, it appears he never really took the move that seriously.

Back in 2018, Tevez labelled his time at Shanghai Shenhua more of a "holiday" than anything else. "I was on holiday for seven months in China," he joked when asked about his time there by TyC Sports.

"It's fine for the Shanghai coach and president to criticise me, I didn't know what I was doing there."

He even admitted his disappointment with his Chinese teammates. "Chinese footballers are not as naturally skilled like South American or European players… like players who learned football when they were kids," Tevez said.

"They’re not good. Even in 50 years, they still won’t be able to compete."

Tevez joined in December 2016 before making his debut for the side in March 2017. After just one season in China he moved back to his boyhood club Boca Juniors. The now 39-year-old announced his retirement from the sport in June last year, putting the decision down to the death of his dad from Covid-19 in February 2021.


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