Former Manchester United and City star - ''I would play for free"

Carlos Tevez has revealed he would play for nothing it meant a return to Boca Juniors.

When Carlos Tevez left South America for football on the continent in 2006 he did so under a cloud of third-party ownership, relegation battles and eventual court settlements - but he also did so from a team he was never expected to play for.

When a youngster at Boca Juniors he decided, along with team-mate and close friend Javier Mascherano, to become involved in the Media Sports Investment - who acted as his agents.

They brokered his deal to Corinthians in 2004 and again with a West Ham switch in 2006.

Mixed happiness then followed at Manchester United and Manchester City before breakdowns in the relationship between manager and player saw him leave both clubs under a cloud.

Now in Serie A playing for Juventus he is back at his devastating best. So far this campaign he has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances for the club and already become a firm fan favourite at the Stadio Delle Alpi - as he usually does at his new clubs.

But for him, his heart will always remain in one place - home.

He started his professional career at Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors and he has often spoke of his desire at returning to La Bombonera before he calls time on his controversial and glittering career.

Many players have gone down this route - but usually return home well into their thirties - for Tevez, such a move could happen at the age of 32.

He confirmed he has no plans to extend his three-year-deal with Juve - as he plans on his return to Boca coinciding with the expiration of his Italian contract.

And he revealed he is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to get his wish:

“I have a three-year contract at Juve and after that I’ll probably go back to Boca. I would love my children to see me play in those colours. My love for that shirt has never changed – I would play for free.”

Considering the amount of money he could make prolonging his European career or going off to play in Russia, the Middle East or elsewhere, it is refreshing to see a professional footballer suggest that money will not influence a career decision.

And coming from a player with the reputation Tevez carries - it comes as a surprise.

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