It was clear from Carlos Tevez’s emotional exit in La Bombonera, after the last league match of the year against Colón, that his immediate future lay elsewhere and on Wednesday evening the 32-year-old’s lucrative switch to Shanghai Shenhua was confirmed.
Tevez had been in Uruguay just before Christmas for his wedding but almost immediately afterwards flew to Shanghai to complete the much talked about deal.
Chinese Super League club, Shanghai Shenhua, who are coached by Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet, issued a statement after a medical, “Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atletico Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tevez is officially joined Shanghai Shenhua.”
OFFICIAL: Shanghai Shenhua announced the signing of Argentine forward Carlos Tevez. pic.twitter.com/JJBwulJmcD
— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) December 29, 2016
Many had assumed that Tevez’s return to boyhood club Boca Juniors from Juventus would be the final transfer of his glittering career but despite leading Los Xeneizes to a league and cup double after his arrival, a disappointing 2016 has left Boca facing a year out of international competition.
Had Boca been in next year’s Copa Libertadores perhaps the decision would have been different but given the amount of money being mooted in the press, few could blame Tevez for becoming the latest player to join the Chinese football revolution.
No official financial details have been released but it is thought that Shanghai Shenhua have paid a transfer fee of around $11 million and potentially made Carlos Tevez the highest paid player in world football. The majority of reports suggest that the former Manchester City and Manchester United forward will earn a record breaking £615,000 per week but substantially less is being repoted in China.
This states that the total deal over two years is to be £32.5 million including the transfer fee, which would work out at approximately £226,000 per week.
Boca Juniors supporters are understandably upset to lose one of their most iconic figures but just as is the case for Tevez, the money for the club is sensational. After Shenhua had made the move official, Boca said: “Good luck Carlitos. You will always be in our hearts.”
The deal that Boca have agreed to is that they would need to refund 60% of the transfer fee should Tevez cut short the two-year deal that has been signed so a return before then is perhaps unlikely but don’t be too surprised to see El jugador del pueblo back in the blue and gold for a third time.