Carlos Tevez has revealed he did not celebrate Argentina’s World Cup victory and has not contacted Lionel Messi since the success.
The former Manchester United and Manchester City striker only announced his retirement from playing in June last year before immediately going into management – appointed as first-team coach of Argentine giants Rosario Central, whom he has now left. Tevez last played for Boca Juniors, where he struck 22 times in 66 league games but left his boyhood club in June 2021.
That brought an end to a spectacular playing career which spanned over two decades and included over 300 club goals, encompassing spells in Argentina, Brazil, England, Italy and China. Tevez also netted 13 goals in 76 international caps for Argentina.
However, Tevez has now appeared to suggest he was not emotionally involved in Argentina’s World Cup triumph and hinted that he preferred France to beat his nation in the showpiece. He added that he had not yet reached out to Messi to congratulate him, despite having his contact details.
“I didn’t follow the World Cup in Qatar very closely but I saw France a lot, because it was a team that I liked,” Tevez – who last played for Argentina in 2015 – explained on Radio Mitre.
“I have not written to Messi because his phone must have been blown up. It makes me very happy that my children celebrated his goals.”