Carlos Tevez reveals post-career weight gain – ‘I eat and drink too much’

Carlos Tevez has admitted he’s gained weight since his career with Boca Juniors ended last summer – although he still plays football in his childhood area

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Carlos Tevez is back playing football on the streets he grew up on – after admitting he’s racked up the pounds in retirement.

Tevez, 38, puts on his boots twice a week to kick around with the kids who live in his troubled childhood neighborhood of Fuerte Apache in Buenos Aires. The former Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham forward left football last summer after a third spell at Boca Juniors.

He has spent the week celebrating City’s Premier League title win and Boca’s triumph in the Argentine League Cup last weekend – and revealed he has turned down offers to return to the game because he enjoys a leisure life. But he likes going back to his roots to stay in shape.

Tevez said: “People have been asking me to play football again but I’m not going to do it. Now I get up late. Do you see yourself training and running again? I don’t want to know anything like that.

“But I go back to the neighborhood to play with the kids. I was there on Saturday last week but only played 40 minutes because I had a cold and wasn’t feeling well. I usually play on Tuesdays and Fridays. I walk a bit, but otherwise I do nothing. I don’t go to the gym or anything.

“I eat and drink too much. I eat empanadas and drink Fernet and wine – whatever I want. I take care of myself a bit, but I’ve gained three or four kilos now. I get up a little late. I can’t imagine training and running again.







Carlos Tevez visited AC Milan in April and looked in good shape despite eating and drinking
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“I used to get up at 6 a.m. to go to training. I would arrive first and leave last. But I don’t have the strength to do that now. I’m past 20 years as a pro and I’m lucky I didn’t have any serious injuries.”

Tevez started his career at Boca and joined Corinthians in Brazil before joining West Ham. After controversially scoring the goal that kept the Hammers in the Premier League in 2007, he moved to Manchester. First he was part of the United team that won back-to-back titles and the Champions League.

After joining City, he became the first Blues captain to lift a trophy in 35 years as they won the FA Cup in 2011 before helping them win the title 12 months later. This was followed by stints at Juventus, Boca and Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua before returning to his first club in 2018.

Tevez watched Boca’s 3-0 Copa de la Liga win over Tigre and City’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on TV on Sunday. He said: “This week I celebrate twice for City and Boca triumphs. I’m used to winning – earlier as a player, now as a fan. I’m as happy as I should be. And I’ll keep partying because I don’t have to go to training.”

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