With the World Cup in full throttle and Argentina ready to crush Germany on Saturday, I figured there was no candidate more deserving of the T2T Hall of Fame honor than Argentine forward, Carlos Tevez. The guy has literally gone from Argentine poverty to English royalty without loosing his modesty, sincere smile or passion for the game in the process. Buena Onda!
Tevez was raised in a very tough part of Ciudadela, Buenos Aires in a neighborhood called Ejercito de Los Andes aka “Fuerte Apache“. Because of its high crime rates, the quarter of tall block buildings is considered one of the most dangerous barrios in Great Buenos Aires and in the whole country.
Tevez has a distinctive burn scar that runs down his neck from his right ear to his chest. He was accidentally scalded with boiling water as a child, which caused third-degree burns and kept him hospitalized in intensive care for nearly two months. After joing Boca Juniors, Tevez refused an offer from the club to have them cosmetically improved, saying that the scars were a part of who he was in the past and who he is today. That’s bad ass.
He started his career at age 16 with who else but Boca Juniors before signing the biggest South American footballl transfer ever with the Brazilian club Corinthians (for £13.7 million with a 5-year £6.85 million contract). – Thanks Wikipedia
However, it wasn’t until he made it to England that his Tourist to Townie adventure started. First at West Ham, then Manchester United and now Manchester City, Tevez has had to go from eating alfajores on the streets of La Boca to taking afternoon tea with upper-class English blokes in Manchester.
Regardless of our slight differences in bank account statements or current career missions (him: World Cup Championship, me: Travel Blog Award) I know we share common ground on one distinct aspect of moving to a new country… learning a second language is tough! See for yourself.
So here’s to you Carlitos, best of luck against Germany on Saturday, but remember… even if you don’t win the World Cup this year in South Africa, you will always have the T2T Hall of Fame to tell your grandchildren about. Congrats!
Past Inductees of the T2T Hall of Fame: