Football: Boca Juniors unveil returning idol Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez was officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a 6.5 million euros (S$9.7 million) transfer from Juventus.
Carlos Tevez was officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a 6.5 million euros (S$9.7 million) transfer from Juventus. PHOTO: AFP

BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) - Carlos Tevez was officially unveiled on Monday as a Boca Juniors player in a 6.5 million euros (S$9.7 million) transfer from Juventus.

Thousands of fans of the popular club from the port district of La Boca packed La Bombonera stadium to welcome Tevez home from a decade abroad the day after the team went top of the Argentine league championship.

"My heart's exploding with happiness! Thanks for braving the cold and waiting for me. I'm already back home," Tevez said on his Twitter feed.

Juventus, the last of Tevez's overseas clubs that began at Corinthians in Brazil in 2005 and included English sides West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City, revealed the terms of the deal on their website.

On top of the fee for Tevez, the Italian champions get a two-year loan of Boca forward Guido Vadala with an option to buy the 18-year-old teenager for 9.4 million euros and also first choice to sign three other young players.

Said Tevez, after signing his contract: "I'm returning in my prime, really that's now. At 26 or 27 I was fatter than anyone. I feel better than ever, physically and mentally."

Tevez will wear the number 10 shirt previously worn by Diego Maradona and Juan Roman Riquelme.

"Riquelme is one of the greatest, an idol of the club," Tevez said. "I'm not here to better him, I'm here to write my own history."

Boca went top of the table with a 1-0 win at Sarmiento on Sunday, a point ahead of San Lorenzo and three in front of River Plate.

Tevez, who missed the resumption of the championship because he was on holiday after playing for Argentina at the Copa America, said he would train all week to be ready for his comeback in next weekend's home match against Quilmes.