Carlos Tevez has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 38, citing the death of his father as the reason why he turned down offers to continue playing.
Tevez enjoyed a glittering career, particularly in England where he played for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
As well as three separate spells at boyhood club Boca Juniors, he also spent time at Corinthians, West Ham United, Juventus and Shanghai Shenhua.
Tevez played his final game for Boca Juniors in 2021 before saying goodbye, though at the time he left the door open for a move to another team.
Pueblo xeneixe no tengo palabras para agradecer tanto cariño, no sé si lo merezca, pero lo q si se es q mi sangre no en roja, mi sangre siempre va hacer azul y amarilla !!!— Carlitos Tevez (@__CarlitosTevez) June 4, 2021
Hasta pronto pic.twitter.com/qXyK5SkfE0
However, in quotes relayed by Mundo Albiceleste, Tevez said on Friday that even though he had received offers from Major League Soccer in the United States, he had stopped playing because he no longer had his "number one fan" after the passing of his father.
"I have retired, it's confirmed," he said. "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 won a remarkable 26 titles in his career and is among only four Argentine players to win both the CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup and the Champions League, lifting the biggest prize in European club football with United in 2008.
He also played at two World Cups for Argentina, in 2006 and 2010.