No official confirmation was necessary of Carlos Tevez’s impending transfer to Shanghai Shenhua with the iconic Boca Juniors forward leaving the field at La Bombonera close to tears following his side’s 4-1 win over Colón.
Despite the pleas of the supporters and a pitch invader throwing himself at the feet of Tevez, the 32-year-old is expected to sign a £615,000-a-week deal with the Chinese Super League side and become the best paid player in world football in the process. Tevez’s return to Boca has not quite been the fairytale that was pictured and after failing to qualify for international competition in 2017, an offer of this size is too good to turn down.
After the former Juventus forward’s match winning contribution in the superclásico last weekend, Tevez will be leaving on a high and the fan favourite was again on target as Boca saw off the challenge of Colón on Sunday to end the year three points clear at the top of the table.
Boca have been in wonderful form in recent weeks and aside from sharply ascending the league table, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side are the highest scorers in the Primera. It took ten minutes for Boca to find the Colón net with Tevez the provider and Ricardo Centurión applying the near post flick.
However, Paolo Montero’s side have proved a difficult side to beat this season and they responded through Nicolás Leguizamón. The striker’s header brought El Sabalero level but only for minutes as a defensive mishap left goalkeeper Jorge Broun stranded and allowed Carlos Tevez to roll in one of his easiest goals in a Boca shirt.
The visitors remained in the game and threatened on occasion but when Centurión smashed in his second of the game on the hour mark, the result appeared beyond doubt.
Cristian Pavón thundered a spectacular long range effort past Broun to make it four and if reports are correct, the 20-year-old could be joining Tevez out the exit, with Paris Saint-Germain willing to pay the $18 million release clause.
All that remained was for Tevez to receive his standing ovation when substituted in the dying seconds and as he crossed the pitch at full time, it was clear where his future lies. The loss of Tevez and potentially Pavón, would be a considerable blow to Barros Schelotto but with the resources available and their current position, Boca are the side to beat in this season’s title race.
Boca Juniors 4 – 1 Colón