What’s Eating Carlos Tevez – And Why He Wont Grow Up


It’s been interesting to see how Roberto Mancini deals with the huge egos he has in his Manchester City squad.

Carlos Tevez – when will he grow up?

One problem Roberto has is that it’s very very difficult to form a team from a bunch of individual stars – which Real Madrid have had trouble with for several years now – but we expect Jose Mourinho to quickly solve that problem this season.

And one player who has been coming up with some daft statements at City recently, such as he may retire at any time and go back home to Argentina,   is their captain Carlos Tevez.

So it’s hardly good when you’re captain keeps saying silly things to the press, and of course to top it all off last week,  he suddenly decided he wanted a transfer and wanted to leave the Eastlands club.

But then – at almost the same speed with which he made the initial decision – last Monday – he withdrew his transfer request and is still the Man City captain.

A strange stream of events to be sure that must have tested the patience of a certain Roberto Mancini.

And our own Jonas Gutierrez is at a loss to explain what’s up with his Argentine team mate, other than he may not like Roberto Mancini too much.

This is what Jonas told the Evening Chronicle:

“They have a really strong squad, but Tevez is the best player they have.” “When you come to this league, it is really good to play with the best players.

“Carlos is one of them, and I enjoy playing against him.” “All I can say is he is having a fantastic season.”

“I don’t know what is happening with Carlos.” “Maybe he has a problem with Roberto Mancini, but I don’t know.”

“He is a big player and is having a good season. He did last year as well.”

Maybe Carlos is making all these noises to feed his own ego – and maybe he just wants all the attention.

But what is does show is that he’s not very mature, and he probably needs to buckle down and get the job done at Man City, since presumably he’s supposed to set an example as captain.

But these top players live today in an unreal world, with the players making ridiculous amounts of  money for what they actually do, and pampered left, right and center, and it must be hard for them to grow up.

And most of them don’t.

And as far as Man City and Carlos go, it seems Mancini has realized it’s the price you have to pay for having a player as good as Carlos is on the football  field, and there’s no doubt he’s a wonderful player.

Roberto has a very hard job ahead of him at City, but so far he’s done quite well – given the huge egos he has to handle every single day at Eastlands.

We have to think that Roberto must have done some baby-sitting when he was a youngster growing up in Italy,  and that seems to be standing him in good stead in his current job.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Ruvio

    Dec 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s very grown up. He misses his family and is disillusioned with playing a sport he loves, for the wrong reasons. He wants to look after his kids and spend time with them, without a manipulative manager and backroom staff.
    I can’t think of anything more grown up

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  • hindson1987

    Dec 25, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Has anyone heard recently what balotelli has been saying recently? I think he might have the biggest ego at man city

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  • Toon XI

    Dec 25, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    If he is so grown up then handle it like a man, quit whining and move back to Argentina. I for one am sick of hearing these overpaid, pampered professional athletes complain about how hard their lives are. Good riddance Tevez!

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  • Toon XI

    Dec 25, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Balotelli is a complete ar5e. I bet he becomes a cancer in that lockerroom eventually.

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  • hindson1987

    Dec 25, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeh completely agree toon xi

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  • fungus44

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6

    the money tevez on he should move his family over here ,problem solved.

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  • Thump

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Balotelli already is a cancer in the dressing room, XI. He’s basically a little whiner with a lot of potential but too much ego – how many times have we seen that?

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  • Ruvio

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    @thump He reminds me of a certain young Nicolas Anelka

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  • balubas1

    Dec 26, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Tevez is a complete idiot.

    He is the CAPTAIN of Man City and he POUTS when he is substituted. A REAL Captain looks after the TEAM and has as a nr.1 priority to make sure that the TEAM performs at its best. (anyone saw Nolan when he got subbed against Liverpool? he looked like he was our manager on the sidelines)

    Tevez alongside the left back idiot on Tottenham Assou Ekotto have slated player wages in the premier league and that footballers don’t deserve the money… yet they are among the crowd of big earners in the game. Some readers here might agree, but Tevez has no business in this as he is one of the worst members of that club.

    I should also mention that some of Tevez’s goals this season have come from offside positions or after clear fouls that the ref has not spotted. I have seen at least 3.

    I had great respect for this man’s passion before, but now I have completely lost it. With good reason.

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  • balubas1

    Dec 26, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #10

    About Balotelli:

    He should have seen red against Everton after the tackle on Neville. I hope he gets the card he most likey will deserve against us.

    And as you all know: What a complete a55 he is!
    He’s doing the whole “Ibrahimovic” thing there with his attitude.. someone should tell him he is not Ibrahimovic.. I think he is shooting himself in the foot when he starts out like that without being proven a star. Zlatan is a proven star so he can “at least” back his bulls**t up on the pitch.

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