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Carlos Tevez admits he has grown disillusioned with football and could walk away from the game at any time.
The Manchester City striker has revealed that the stresses of life as a Premier League performer are taking their toll on his body and mind.
He may only be 26, but the Argentina international claims his distinguished career to date has left him drained.
Tevez hinted over the summer that he could soon quit professional football after finding it hard to motivate himself for the new campaign.
He has, however, remained a stand-out performer for City and has been handed the captain’s armband at Eastlands by boss Roberto Mancini.
That, though, has done little to curb Tevez’s sense of frustration and he continues to mull over the possibility of hanging up his boots and stepping out of the spotlight.
“I have been playing many games this season, and my body is feeling it. I am tired,” the South American superstar said in the News of the World.
“I started to play when I was really young and I have always fought so much but now I’m feeling the effort.
“I’m an old guy now, and I started to think about some stuff. For example, I am less tolerant as a person today than I was a few years ago.
“Then I think – what happens if I quit football as long as I am okay in my life?
“When I talk about quitting, I mean quitting football, not just the national team. But at the moment I still don’t know if this is going to be in one month, one year, three or five years.
“I have the idea of quitting in my mind. Maybe one of these days, I will just wake up and say no more football.” (Sky Sports)
Now these statements from the undoubtedly gifted Argentine will garner little sympathy from most of us who are not making millions doing something they love but nonetheless if this is how Carlos feels then you can’t really argue with he man’s feelings but perhaps he needn’t tell the world about his problems, if he wanted to quit then I guess he could just do so.
As for the player being physically drained by a very busy period in his career well he has played as many games as many others who plied their trade in South Africa this summer and lower league footballers plays on average far more games than top tier stars so it’s hard to empathise on that level.
If Carlos does however feel less tolerant as a person is he saying that he has become that way simply by being a footballer? I guess that is a distinct possibility. Maybe this is one portion of his statement that is laudable and it’s good to see a high profile player being so honest.
As for the 26 year old stating that he is “an old guy now”, that is a little more confusing. If he is old, then what does that make Ryan Giggs? An OAP?