It’s a hard life being a footballer.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has said he may quit international football.
Tevez starred for Argentina in their 4-1 win over world champions Spain on Tuesday night.
But Tevez says he may retire from internationals ahead of the next World Cup in Brazil in four years’ time.
Tevez said: “I’m tired. I’m 26 – I’m old. I don’t know if I will make it to 2014.”
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He played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham and Manchester United before joining City, where he is club skipper.
Argentina are hosting the Copa America next year. (Daily Mirror)
If Carlos Tevez elects to retire from international football in the next few years, that can only be a good thing for Manchester City.
Argentina’s most recent friendly in Buenos Aires was a mightily impressive 4-1 win over Spain. Although the Spanish side consisted of around half their usual first XI, and they had home advantage, it was still a notable scalp for interim coach Sergio Batista – and may have left the Argentine football association wondering what might have been at the World Cup had he been in charge instead of Diego Maradona.
Nevertheless, club bosses throughout Europe cannot have been delighted with the round trip of almost 14,000 miles for a friendly. Argentina also play eighteen world cup qualification matches in South America over three years, and six trips on average a season from Europe to South America does take its toll.
However, retiring from international football while at the peak of one’s game seems a tad premature – especially when part of a side that has so much potential.
One other thing: If Carlos Tevez believes 26 is old – even for a footballer – I better apply for a bus pass.