Carlos Tevez has been a forgotten man on the international scene for quite a while now.
However, he has just been named in the preliminary squad to take on Panama, Bolivia, and defending champion Chile in the Copa America Centenario, which starts on June 3. The tournament takes place in the United States. After having just won the title, Chile will be going into the tournament in buoyant mood. However, the likes of Argentina will be the favourites due to the significantly better quality of players, which has just been enhanced by Tevez’ inclusion.
The 32-year-old recently returned with the South American football and has been a star for Boca Juniors so far. Despite the club struggling in the mid-table of the Argentine league, Tevez has done his reputation no harm by scoring four goals in 11 games. Even though this may seem low compared with the goals to game ratio of stars like Lionel Messi, Tevez has never been about only scoring goals. He has always offered much more to the team with his tireless work rate throughout the 90 minutes. Chile were able to get success in the previous Copa America largely because of the home advantage. Many felt that a player like Tevez would have negated the advantage to some extent.
Chile managed to beat Argentina in the final of the Copa America to win the trophy.As a result, the trophy drought for the Argentine national team extends even further. The last major title came in 1993 when they won the Copa America. In terms of a World Cup tournament, their last success was the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Tevez is one of the highest capped players for the national team after having featured in 76 games. Only three players – including Tevez – feature in the list of top 10 capped players for Argentina.