CARLOS TEVEZ has announced his retirement at the age of 38.
The striker had an illustrious career spanning seven clubs and three continents but has decided now is the right time to hang up his boots.
The Argentine has been without a club since leaving Boca Juniors at the end of last season, declaring he was mentally unfit to continue at the club.
Tevez believed he was capable of playing for several more years but revealed he rejected the opportunity to sign for a new club, turning down offers from MLS.
The former Manchester United star said he found it difficult to continue playing after the death of his adopted father Segundo Raimundo in February 2021 – whom he described as his biggest fan.
He said in a statement: "I have retired, it is confirmed.
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"They offered me many things, including from the United States. But that's it, I have given everything.
"Playing the last year was very difficult but I was able to see my old man. I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan."
Tevez also admitted previously that he had lost his way a little since leaving Boca.
Without training regularly he lost his discipline and began to eat and drink whatever he wanted, leading him to gain weight.
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He said: "I eat empanadas and drink fernet and wine – whatever I want.
"I take care of myself a little, but I now have an extra three or four kilos. I get up a little late. I can't imagine going back to training and running.
"I used to get up at 6am to go training. I would arrive first and be the last to leave. But I don't have the strength to do that now."
Tevez won 24 trophies in his career including the Premier League with Manchester City and United, as well as winning the Champions League with the Red Devils.
He also won Serie A twice with Juventus, the Chinese FA Cup with Shanghai Shenhua and the Olympics in 2004 – he also won 76 caps for Argentina.
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