Carlos Tevez: His tough childhood, and the story behind the scar.

Carlos Tevez was born in Fuerte Apache, a small neighbourhood (or barriolocated in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t the most pleasant area to live in, a town where violence and drugs, as well as a high crime rate, all in some way connected to its poverty, made it one of the most dangerous places to live in Argentina.

“There were tough times, growing up in Fuerte Apache,” Tevez said. “When it was dark and you looked out of the window, what you saw would scare anyone. After a certain hour you couldn’t go into the street. It was incredible.”

Something that is still visible today is his scar. The striker suffered third degree burns down his face, neck and chest due to an accident with boiling water when he was just 10 months old. The scar was so bad it left Tevez in intensive care for about two months. Even at a time where he was playing for his local team at a very tender age, he decided he wanted to keep the scars. He had later refused to have them improved cosmetically by Boca Juniors, the first professional team he’d ever play for, almost to say that these scars are essentially what define him as the man he is today and the person he was back then.

When asked about the scar, Tevez  said, “It was a defining experience–it marked me for life. I won’t have plastic surgery. You either take me as I am or you don’t. The same goes for the teeth. I won’t change the way I am.” Admirable, is the word I think you’re looking for.

His teeth, broken and crooked, is the result of a street fight during his much-blighted childhood. Apparently, Tevez suffered this as he was having a row over money.

Carlos Tevez is a proud man: he says he could have easily chosen the wrong path — and perhaps, as he looks back rosily at his growing up, something an outsider would view as harsh, he is adamant that it was good for him. “I could have started doing drugs and ended at the bottom, but instead I made it to the place where I am now. In fact my childhood was nice. I learned then all the values that grace me now: respect, humility, sacrifice.”

Despite this, you feel that maybe the sport was a release from what was obviously a troubling and difficult time in his life. He finally got his reward when he played for his much loved Boca Juniors at the age of just 16. You could say that the joy of actually making it in football helps ease the pain of what is a remarkable, but sad, story.

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28 responses to “Carlos Tevez: His tough childhood, and the story behind the scar.”

  1. samir chauhan says :

    all my repect to the great player and great man like carlos tevez .he is my football hero.true man and ya best part is he loves the way he is and so we need to learn from him.

    • ajay brar says :

      dear carlos u are my real hero …….. dont hear what the world is saying about u and scar just look in the mirror and see the man inside u ……….see carlos tevez the great footballer ……the best ever god is with u i m ur true fan and if i would be given 1 wish …i ll demand that ur scar should be on my face and my face should be on urs ………….i truly love u god bless u my hero

  2. Theresa O' Brien says :

    I just watched this great man score a goal from penalties in the Carling Cup, Man U need this amazing guy.Well done Carlos,

  3. Tanesha Kenney says :

    All the most great respect for Tevez! most people in that situation goes down the wrong path but hes just proved to us all that we don’t need to do that and he has made us proud of who we are! x

  4. A says :

    There’s a guy who knows what life’ about. A humble man who focus on the positive, thereby improving himself and other around him.

    A true inspiration – Premiership divers take note!!!

  5. Rite$h says :

    unfortunately may not be in the squad nxt season, love his fighting spirit on the field, a man who plays with the ‘never say die’ attitude…

  6. nabila says :

    tevez is really d best n i like him so much and also learn 4rm him 2 love ourselves just d way we are.

  7. Dumisani Nderere says :

    Really like Tevez’ idea of keeping the scar as his life mark history

  8. Ronnie says :

    I’m glad that Carlos has finally settled the dispute over his transfer rights. I never thought that he should have appeared in”The Name of The Rose” in the first place.

  9. Tedius Majaheni says :

    What a great hero for Argentina and Man City?He is a real gem to Manchester.He has all the attributes a worldclass footballer has.I personally do not want to miss him,his scar and crooked and broken teeth here in South Africa come June 2010.

  10. Ed says :

    Nothing but respect for Carlos and his attitude towards his scars/ upbringing. And also love his attitude towards the game of football. I wish him success in the future. (from an Arsenal fan)

  11. Renola Underwood says :

    what an awesome footballer! He is truly an inspiration to us all,he teaches us all that we can accept ourselves the way we are,he is the real deal and he has shown that we can rise above any circumstance and be anything we want to be! Tevez u are amazing! Renola Underwood,16 january 2010. south africa

  12. AJIT VADAKAYIL says :

    YEAH–

    TEVEZ IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL FOOTBALL HERO–

    THE OPIUM FOR THE MASSES !!

    HE IS NOT A HYPOCRITE.

    CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL

  13. Jonathan Fairbanks says :

    Jesus Christ he is ugly. he is so ugly he is impossible to like. I can only hope the rumors are true and he leaves for Real Madrid so I don’t have to see his ugly face anymore. can you imagine what his breath must smell like?

    • cosmo jones says :

      FAIRBANKS Tevez has more class in his little finger than you have in your bloated body

  14. Sharon says :

    Wow, Tevez, you are my hero. Carry on my friend. Who cares about the scars and broken teeth? You are a beautiful person inside and that’s what matters. And when you score those incredible goals we think another Maradona has arrived. Congrats on the two fine goals you scored yesterday.

  15. arun s says :

    pearl cant hide in mud for a long time……….

  16. yo mama says :

    viva tevez now 4 real dats wat i call a real man.. unlike most ov u fake ass’s out there 4 real.

  17. caleb says :

    you are my real hero but when I saw that story I felt painful and sore. hay you”llll *you are number 111111111111111111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. NJANGO. says :

    HAIL TEVEZ!!! YOUR STORY INSPIRES ME ALOT. I HAVE A BURNT HAND THAT I USED TO HIDE BEFORE I READ YOUR STORY.I SUFFERED VERY LOW ESTEEM AS A RESULT BUT SEEING HOW YOU ACCEPT YOURSELF HAS MADE ME ACCEPT MYSELF TOO…..YOU GAVE ME A NEW LEASE OF LIFE. HAVE A LONG HAPPY LIFE.

    • The Gaffer says :

      Like many other Manchester United fans, I’m not exactly fond of Tevez what with his switch of allegiance to Man City, but if there’s one thing I can commend him on it’s this. You’re right, his story is nothing short of inspirational and many thanks for sharing that.

  19. Thomas Crawford says :

    I’ve got nothing but respect for Carlos Tevez. So few people left who would refuse to have cosmetic surgery if given the chance. He does not want to eradicate the marks that poverty and a blighted childhood left him with. And, why should he? It’s the capitalist-consumerist ideology that wants us to fear they way we look, so they can sell us the cosmetic solution.

  20. Kosho Louis Sah says :

    Tevez there is somthing wonderful about u….You are the highest plqyer I ever saw who is not lazy….You are full of rapidity from 00 to 90 munite….The sky is your limit…believe me you are a nice guy scars has nothing to do zith your career for u are not contesting for any political post

  21. Kosho Louis Sah says :

    Tevez is the fastest and untireing player i ever saw 00 to 90 he is not lazy

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