Why Carlos Tevez Will Not Play For Argentina At 2014 World Cup

Carlos Tevez Wont Play For Argentina at the World Cup

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When Carlos Tevez made the move from Manchester City to Juventus last summer, many wondered as to whether or not he would fit in and be productive at all in Serie A.

All Tevez has done so far in his first season at Juventus is given Antonio Conte a reliable goal scorer who has formed a great partnership with Fernando Llorente. After scoring the lone goal in a Juventus win over Torino in the Derby Della Mole, Tevez finds himself tied with Giuseppe Rossi of Fiorentina as the top goal scorer with 14 goals. Given that Rossi will be out for at least one more month due of injury, Tevez looks set to take over the goal scoring lead with 13 games left.

Given how well he has played for Juventus, one would assume that Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella would still select him to be part of the 23-man squad that will represent Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, even with an embarrassment of riches in terms of attacking talent. However, you will not be seeing Tevez playing at the World Cup this summer.

The first reason for this is due to Tevez’s poor showing at the 2011 Copa America. In one of many bad decisions made by Argentina’s then-coach Sergio Batista, he called Tevez into the squad and the player failed to convince in what was a disappointing tournament the team. To top it off, Tevez missed a crucial penalty during the shootout at the quarterfinals that led to a loss to eventual champions Uruguay.

The second reason that Tevez will not be playing at this summer’s World Cup has to due with his frosty relationship with Lionel Messi. It is no secret that these two are not the best of friends and given that Messi is on a level above everyone else, this lack of chemistry a big role with the decisions made regarding the national team.

It is always is a bit disappointing when players who can play at a World Cup level will not be able to do so because of off-field reasons, but as you watch Argentina play this summer, Tevez will not be on the team because of exactly that.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Soccer and San Francisco 49ers writer for RantSports.com. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can add him to your network on Google.

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  • http://TheMarquisProject.com ₩inny

    Do they really need him? Obviously he’s of top quality but for a country that has Messi, Aguero, Higuan, Di Maria, Lavezzi up front. You can only play so many front men.

    • Lucas Carreras

      To answer your question, no they do not need him nor with the players you mentioned would he probably play. I just wanted to give some backstory as to why he has and will be absent from the Argentina set-up aside from just too many players vying for such few spots explanation.

      • Blaine Banks

        Yeah but he’s better than Lavezzi and Higuain, also arguably the same quality as Aguero or better and works harder than any of them, he’s now Serie A to goal scorer and at the top of goals and assists. No doubt he could possibly be a contestant for golden boot in the WC