Carlos Alberto "Carlitos" Tévez (born February 5, 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine football striker who made his name with Argentine giants Boca Juniors and later in Brazil with Corinthians. He is now playing for West Ham United. When this latest transfer went through it spread shock waves through international football as it was highly anticipated he would move to one of the bigger clubs in Europe i.e Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester United. He is currently regarded as one of the most promising prospects in the world. Like Argentine teammate Lionel Messi, he has been labelled as the "new Diego Maradona". Maradona himself once described him as the "Argentinian prophet for the 21st century". 
He was born as Carlos Alberto Martínez, and raised in the humble neighbourhood of Ejército de Los Andes, known as "Fuerte Apache", from where he got the nickname of Apache. His parents changed his lastname to his mothers during a conflic between his junior club All Boys and Boca Juniors. Carlitos has a scar from the right ear to his chest, product of having been scalded with boiling water when he was a young boy. Carlos declined plastic surgery since he would have to be out of the playground for four months.
He joined Boca at the age of thirteen and played his first professional match with Boca on October 21, 2001 against Talleres de Córdoba. He played for the team until the end of 2004. With Boca Juniors he won an Argentine Championship (2003), a Copa Libertadores (2003), an Intercontinental Cup (2003), and a Copa Sudamericana (2004). Because of the Intercontinental Cup of 2003, he didn't participate in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Argentine team.
Tévez was a key part of Boca's victory in the 2003 Copa Libertadores, but his greatest achievement was during the 2004 Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal with his team, and scored eight goals in six matches to be the top scorer of the competition. He also participated in the (Catalan), helping Argentina to the runner-up spot.
The Argentine Football Writers chose him as Footballer of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and also Sportsman of the Year 2004. He was named Futbolista latinoamericano más destacado ("Most notable Latin American footballer") in 2003 by Latin American Fox Sports, and in the same years was the world's second Top Goal Scorer 2004 in international competitions (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) with 16 goals, one less than Ali Daei from Iran.
In December 2004, he transferred to Sport Club Corinthians Paulista for $20 million with a five year contract worth $10 million, following the Brazilian club's deal with Media Sports Investment. The deal was the biggest transfer ever in South American football. Initially Tévez was not well received by the Corinthians fans - including Brazilian president Lula. However, Tévez became the captain and star of the team that won the 2005 Brazilian league and the fans' favourite player, and was being linked to Chelsea FC as a result of Roman Abramovich's link to MSI.
Tévez was selected by José Pekerman for Argentina for the 2006 World Cup. He started the first match against the Ivory Coast on the bench but came on as a substitute for the match against Serbia and Montenegro. He scored the fifth goal and assisted Lionel Messi's sixth goal in Argentina's 6-0 victory. In Argentina's drawn final Group C match against Holland, Tévez played the entire duration and emerged man of the match.
On August 23, 2006, Sky Sports revealed that Tévez was refusing to play for Corinthians. The article insinuated that a move to Europe was likely, with Chelsea and Manchester United both mentioned as possible destinations. Yet on Thursday 31st August 2006, the day of the European transfer deadline, Tévez confirmed on his website that both he and Javier Mascherano were signing for West Ham United on permanent deals, for an undisclosed fee. The deal shocked the football world and controversy surrounds the move's exact nature and terms, with media reports suggesting that several other Premiership clubs turned down the opportunity of signing Tévez and Mascherano because of the stipulations put in place by the owner of the players' contracts, MSI. ref
Since the arrivals of Tévez and Mascherano, West Ham have floundered. On the 5th of October 2006, Argentina National Coach Alfio Basile urged the pair to quit West Ham. Just three days later, however, Tévez told the media that he was aiming to stay at West Ham "for the long-term".
Tévez The Musician!
Tévez is also humorously admired in Argentina for his fun off-pitch project of performing as frontman in his Cumbia Villera ("Shantytown" Cumbia) musical group Piola Vago with his brother Diego. The image/fashion of such groups could be compared to that of United Kingdom Chav Culture.
Also for kids TV channel Cartoon Network, Argentina he demonstrated some of his Latino dancing rhythm as part of the "Copa Toon" programme interludes ran during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. His dance moves are also briefly seen on the pitch as part of his goal celebrations.
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