Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has rejected suggestions that he has had a fallout with superstar Lionel Messi. This has often been speculated as the sole reason for Tevez not being in the Argentina squad despite his good form over the last couple of years.
The former Manchester City striker is the top scorer in the Italian Serie A and his form has propelled Juventus to the top of the table. Yet, he does not seem anywhere close to featuring for the Argentine national team. Messi continues to be the star of the show when it comes to Argentina.
Tevez has had an up-and-down time in football over the last five years. He came very close to sealing a permanent move to Manchester United only to land in the hands of rivals Manchester City. His City career blossomed for a few years before coming to an abrupt halt after a fallout with manager Roberto Mancini. Since his £ 10 million move to Juventus, he has constantly been linked with a return to his homeland to finish his career.
For the moment, Tevez is now focusing on helping Juventus lift the four straight league title. Tevez has admitted that all the inconsistencies in his game have gone as a result of becoming mature as a person in the last two years.
“I’m a different player on the pitch. In the past I would just steal the ball and play like I was on the dirt fields of my childhood. Nowadays I’m playing better football and there’s a difference. I grew up a lot but I still have that dirt-field essence from my past. Sometimes that part surfaces on the pitch. Did you see the goal I scored against Parma? That was a dirt-field goal. That’s journalist commentary… In Argentina they speak a lot of Messi or Tevez, one or the other. But we have always gotten along, on and off the pitch,” said Tevez.