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Manchester City Is Just Another Club In Carlos Tevez's Career As A Mercenary

Carlos Tevez Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V Blackburn Rovers (1-1) 11/09/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

I heard a Manchester City fan on the radio the other day. He was saying he couldn’t understand why Tevez wanted to leave City because, ‘he’s absolutely worshipped by the fans.’ This guy says this as though this would mean anything to the Argentinean.

I see this hero worshipping of players like Tevez as totally inappropriate. Did you really think that he’d stay at the club for long? Surely everyone knows that Tevez is a very modern football mercenary whether on his own behalf or his agent or ‘owners’ behalf. Kia Joorabchian it’s nakedly obvious. You pay the money, he plays. That’s the deal. Surely there was no pretence that this was his dream move to City. It was just the move that stumped up the cash.

You and I might not like it but surely we’re not fooled by it are we? Although Tevez’s utterly pathetic excuse that he’s fallen out with the clubs executives is laughable, the correct response to it isn’t outrage or to feel that he’s insulting the club, the correct response is to laugh and wave bye bye. This is the game now. This is the Premier League. it is not rootsy football, it is soap opera and the only way to treat it is as such.

People like Tevez are hilarious. They take themsevles so seriously, making ridiculous self-obsessed statements about their lives. You’d think he was a teenager away from home for the first time the way he goes on about being homesick. You’d never know he was a multi-millionaire. Hilarious. Missing your kids? Fly them over on a private jet, you idiot, you’re richer than God, it would cost you less than a weeks wage.

Fans need to learn to pick their heroes more carefully. Just because Tevez has scored a lot of goals for City, he was never a worthy target of any affection beyond that feeling of pleasure of the ball hitting the net. He’s not a blue. He’s not ‘one of ours’ no matter how big the posters printed with his face on are. If you believed that you were a sucker and were conned. He’s a football hired gun. That’s all.

He cares not for City, not for their fans, teammates, manager, not for England, the Premier League. Why would he? If you start investing such emotion as ‘worship’ in him you are witless and really not paying attention, indeed worse than that, you’re being exploited by the Tevez cash generating machine. He and his ‘owner’ want you to buy into him as a product to make him generate even more cash.

Save your hero worship for someone worth it, not a bloke who runs around like a dog chasing pigeons and is paid several million quid for the pleasure. Poor Carlos, he’s growing rich and is still unhappy, at least until he moves to a new club and earns even more money.

Editor’s Note: Johnny’s new book: “We Ate All The Pies: How Football Swallowed Britain Whole” is available via Amazon US or Amazon UK.

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  1. Gaz Hunt

    December 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I totally agree with some of the above posters.

    I get the feeling that Tevez is a little lacking in the intelligence (especially as far as business matters go) and is often at the receiving end of his agent’s greedy decisions to push a transfer when he is most in demand. A little whisper in Tevez’s gullible ear here and a leak to the press there is all it takes.

  2. trickybrkn

    December 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    If you knew Carlos Tevez like we know Carlos Tevez, then….

    You did mention the most important name when talking about Tevez, Kia Joorabchian. Tevez was plucked out of the slums of Fuerte Apache. Kia’s MSI has basically owned the man since. He didn’t want to leave London, but had to, didn’t really want to leave Man U, but had to… I think a lot of his frustration, and talk of retiring is from basically being a rich slave. Yes, a slave albeit a rich one with more money then we can dream of… But he doesn’t control his own destiny.

    While at West Ham the club owned his registration, and was released so he could join Man U. Who in turned signed his to a two year loan deal. A loan from whom we will never know. Well we do, from MSI… City paid MSI £47 million for Tevez. City now own his registration, but when MSI realized that they could squeeze out more cash from City, they demanded that Tevez’ contract be readdressed, and of course with a nice agent’s fee, and the 20% of wages…

    So if you look at Carlos’ unhappy moments… it always coincides with MSI wanting to cash in… it goes back to his Boca Jr days…

    My point here is before you call him a money grabbing mercenary, please put it in context. and BTW Tevez does not even own his image rights. MSI does, and why you see him in such oddly placed adverts and promotions.

    • Why?

      December 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      City never paid £47m for him at all, this is rubbish made up by a bitter Man Utd camp at the time and has been laughed at and disputed by all involved in this transfer. In fact City could not have paid more than £32m for him as the Premier League would have to report a new transfer record. The price for Tevez was the same as it was for any other club including Utd and that was £25.5m.

      • trickybrkn

        December 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm

        Well the amount is really immaterial in that whatever it was was not to any club, but to MSI and Kia, 25.5 is still a pretty major amount for a group that does little more then push contracts. They never had to pay for treatment, training, development… They just sell him off like he is a stock listed on a market.

  3. Joe

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I think that when you say it’s foolish to treat people like Tevez as heroes, but then write seven paragraphs filled with vitriol about what a #### he is, you kind of feed into the hero complex. If we don’t expect him to be anything but an overgrown man-child, then why be angry when he’s exactly that? A lot of these big-time athletes have had their asses kissed since middle school, when they presumably starred on their little league teams. When people start kissing your ass that early, it makes it unlikely that you will grow up and let go of that immature mentality. Tevez, Rooney, Balotelli, any number of whiny head case athletes – they’re big middle schoolers. Are we really that surprised when they act like fools?

    • Guy

      December 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Nicely put. The surprise is that anyone would be surprised.

  4. Stewydon

    December 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    This article sounds more nostalgic than a serious football article. Are you hoping for a time when the EPL was ages ago when the majority of the players were English and the league was rubbish? I would advise you to let go of that dream as that time is gone and never to return! What exactly does ‘He’s not ‘one of ours’ mean? Does it mean that he is not English, white or just a dirty South American? I don’t agree with some of the behavior of Tevez but is it any different than the other players in the league for example recently Rooney. I notice whenever non-English players do anything the English ’writers’ come out in their numbers but when English players do the same exact thing the reaction is different.

    I would suggest that if Mr. Nicholson wants to watch ‘some of his’ he go watches the lower leagues or wait for the World cup when England uses its own mediocre players and are quickly kicked out of the tournament.

  5. csb059

    December 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    As a City fan I don’t really care if he acts like a petulant child off the field. If he plays well and the team wins, pay him, hell give him a raise. If he’s a distraction to the point that he and the team are unsuccessful, ship him off. As BBC commented, “I hope he stays, but they’ll get another world-class striker if he goes.”

  6. BBC

    December 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

    “not a bloke who runs around like a dog chasing pigeons and is paid several million quid for the pleasure.”

    Good metaphor and it’s exactly why he’s loved. He’s just trying to handle business and he’s doing it poorly. I hope he stays, but they’ll get another world-class striker if he goes.

  7. Why?

    December 20, 2010 at 6:25 am

    John you state the obvious, but lets not forget the same can be said for any player in the EPL as if a club comes in to add say another £50,000 a week on to a £15,000 week salary or they grt told they could get better deal from other clubs in Europe what would you expect them to do? What would you do? This is their job after all and not even the club they grew up following in 99.9% of the time, even if was it’s still their career and not the love of their life. Fans have a totally different view to the players. The give away to this is that they put the money into a club and don’t take it out! At the end of the day it is a JOB how many here would not walk from their own if there was much more on offer or a better way of life/situation elsewhere?

    Another point is if Tevez had been with City for the two years he’s been there and had done badly the club would be wanting to get rid to the highest bidder as soon as possible, would people then write story’s about the club being to blame or that they ‘re terrible in wanting to put this poor man out of a job? Both fans and club would just say get rid? The point you seem to be making is that Tevez has no loyalty but in the previously mentioned scenario (which happens all the time) nether does the club or fans, should they?

    I know many, many City fans and not one of them over the age of 12 sees Tevez in the light you seem to think that they do when you mention ‘worship’ of this player as they simply don’t feel this way about him. All the way through his time at City he has been acting up saying ‘I’m tried of football’ I want to ‘retire’ or ‘I miss my family’ (that he himself messed up) I don’t think this has helped him in the fans eyes at all that‘s why they haven‘t warmed to him as much as other players.

    In the modern game of massive wages and far a field players this is the way it is at any club when a player is in demand he has the world at his feet and good luck to him as years ago it was the dodgy owners who (owners in modern football have no affection for the club either) pocketed every penny, funny how people seem to forget this.

    • trickybrkn

      December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Using John’s logic of heros, there would be few if any top flight players that we could call a hero…

      I will call Tevez a hero for one the one game that every West Ham fan will remember, the last game V Man U where he kept us up. And when He returned honored the fans. That is a hero. Respect to England, club and support.

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