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It’s a paradox that Carlos Tévez can be such a team player on the pitch, yet so individualist, so unabashed about the potentially detrimental impact his consistent complaining and yearning to do what he wants has on his own team.
2003: Scott Purchase at The Telegraph reported how Tévez took the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to court arguing that the AFA were denying him the right to work where he wanted.
The AFA overruled his preference to play for Boca Juniors and called him up to the Argentine national under-20 team. He later withdrew the case after discussions with AFA president Julio Grondona.
2004: CNN reported that Tévez was getting into heated exchanges with photographers and how he was fed up with the constant coverage of his personal life in Buenos Aires.
Tim Vickery at BBC Sport stated how Tévez was moving to Corinthians in search of “ tranquility.”
2005: Upon moving to Corinthians, FIFA.com reported how Tévez bickered with Dinelson and Carlos Alberto and then was involved in a fight with Marquinhos.
Oh, and he thought wearing Manchester United shirt even though he was a Corinthians player would please his teammates, the management and the fans.
2006: Stormed out of Upton Park after being substituted in the second half. West Ham United were attempted to hold onto a 1-0 lead against Sheffield United and did so.
2007: Kicked Rubén Darío Bustos off the ball, was sent off in the 25th minute, Argentina lose 2-1 against Colombia.
2008: Was sent off after fouling Darío Verón in the 30th minute, Argentina drew 1-1 against Paraguay.
2009: Told News of the World, “I don't think I will be a Manchester United player next season. I have done everything I possibly can but they have never made me an offer or given me a contract, so I have to leave. I don't think I deserve to be in this position but you realise if your time is up you have to go.”
2010: Having moved to hated cross-town rivals Manchester City, he then hands in a transfer request a year into his five-year contract. Before withdrawing it after weirdly engaging in a public relations stunt to besmirch the reputations of Garry Cook and other executives at Eastland.
2011: BBC Sport reported Tévez stated how Manchester was a small and wet city, and that he would not even return to the city on vacation.
Tévez is a walking magnet for controversy and trouble, so why should a club take the risk?