Tevez Eyes Argentina World Cup Spot in Russia – Twelve months ago, Carlos Tevez became one of the highest-payed football players in the world when he signed a contract with Shanghai Shenhua, but his spell in the Far East proved pretty disappointing, persuading the forward to leave China in order to come back home and rejoin Boca Juniors for the third time in his career to Russia . The former Manchester City striker struggled to make an impact in China, and he eventually terminated his contract with Shanghai Shenhua and made an emotional return to his boyhood club. Tevez Eyes Argentina World Cup Spot in Russia
Now, Carlitos has a brand-new objective – a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad. The 33-year-old will be looking to earn an Argentina recall, but this will not be an easy task, since he needs to battle for his place under the sun against high-class strikers, such as Leo Messi, Mauro Icardi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero. The former Juventus player stated that he had only a few years of football left in him and that the World Cup spot in 2018 would be a perfect ending of his career in the national team.
Tevez was a part of the Argentina’s squad in 2006 under Jose Pekerman, and in 2010 with Diego Armando Maradona at the helm, but was not called by Alejandro Sabella for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where Argentina reached the final. He made the last appearance for the Albiceleste in October 2015, but the severe drop in form and his miserable spell in China drew him away from Jorge Sampaoli’s charges.
However, Carlitos has always been a fighter, and he will not make it easy for Sampaoli, who recently stated that he was monitoring around 60 players for football’s biggest tournament. Tevez has only four months to prove his worth at La Bombonera if he wants to make the final squad of 23 players that will face Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in June. Time will tell whether the 33-year-old will manage to persuade Sampaoli to go for the veteran instead of some talented players such as Cristian Pavon, who might be seen in the upcoming friendly matches against Spain and Italy this March.