Corinthians released a statement on their official website stating, “The board of Sporting Club Corinthians hereby officially announce the impossibility of hiring the Argentine striker Carlos Tévez.”
It is believed that Corinthians’ inability to pay up front jeopardised the proposed transfer.
Unless something drastic happens, it is likely that Corinthians will not sign Tévez as the transfer window in Brazil closes tomorrow.
Here are three reasons why no club will sign Tévez.
Before we explore the three reasons why no club will sign Carlos Tévez, we have to be fair and recognise what he brings to a football club.
Team player: Not only does he score and create goals, but his relentless defensive work is an admirable trait. Compare that to Cristiano Ronaldo and Adel Taarabt, who because of their offensive prowess feel obliged to have a free pass when it comes to defending.
Tenaciousness: For someone standing at just 5'8" (1.73m), he certainly throws his body around as if he’s 6'2"(1.88m). It’s his stocky build coupled by this willingness to contest with players often taller and stronger than him that has fostered his success.
Quality: Earmarked as a potential star at Boca Juniors, he took the unconventional route which saw him take detours at Corinthians and West Ham United. He scored goals for fun in Brazil and then single handily rescued West Ham United from the clutches of relegation.
He proved an invaluable member to Sir Alex Ferguson. At Eastlands, Tévez transitioned himself from a good player into one of the world’s best forwards.
In essence, he has been quality for every single club he has been at.
Though let’s look at the three reasons why no football club should ever sign him.
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?
Not since his days at Boca Juniors, Carlos Tévez has yet to play three consecutive seasons for one club.
He has no loyalty whatsoever, not only because he is seemingly unhappy all the time but because he is a mercenary.
Why do you think he took the odd detour to Corinthians? Money.
If he hated life in Manchester so much, why do you think he moved to Manchester City? Money.
Why should a club sign him knowing that he may wake up on the wrong side of bed and demand a transfer out of the club, even with the club paying him millions and millions?
Potentially for the next three years Carlos Tévez can continue to earn £240,000 per week whilst idly watching Manchester City’s dynastic aspirations play out.
No club aside from Manchester City are willing to pay him the same wages as at Eastlands.
Whilst his agent Kia Joorabchian has indicated that his client will be willing to take a pay cut in order to move, how much is Tévez willing to lose?
This is just his own personal interest, let’s look at Manchester City.
Finally they’re valuing their assets, as they could just sell him for a massive loss because it does not economically impact the club.
I applaud the Manchester City management’s decision to play hardball with any clubs willing to purchase Tévez.
At £40 million for all the baggage he brings, you want to know how many clubs in Europe would pay for that?
If I was Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, I’d take a no BS approach and let Carlos Tévez rot.
His contract ends in June 2014, let him stay idle for three years, see who is forced to concede.
It won’t hurt Sheikh Mansour’s pockets, but it will hurt Tévez’s career. If he retires, I’m sure Manchester City would have grounds to take him to court.
Manchester City have to show Tévez that there was life before him, and there will be life after him.
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