From the Fuerte Apache pasture to wearing the shirts of the best clubs in the world, Carlos Tevez's career is full of successes: the former striker, who at 40 years old works as coach of Independiente, had one of the great figures as his driving force. of the quartet. Carlos “La Mona” Jiménez met the star during his adolescence and, long before forming a bond of friendship, he predicted a prodigious future for him.
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The current coach of Rojo and his musical idol met in Córdoba, when the artist was breaking it in the mythical Plaza de la Música. In that first meeting, the future player of the national team was taking his first steps in the Boca Reserve at just 15 years old and the author of “Who has drunk all the wine?” The presence of the young man at the door of his house caught his attention.
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“One day Marcelo Milanesio, who was one of the greatest basketball players in our country, said goodbye and went to the dance to invite me to dinner. I saw Carlitos, I called him and asked him what his name was. I told him 'next year you will play in the Primera and in four years you will be in the Argentine National Team.' That's how it happened, so I must have something,” the singer confessed with a laugh in an interview on the program “Los Mammones.”
Curiously, the former gunner would end up making his debut with Xeneize on October 21, 2001 against Talleres in La Docta, when he was barely 17 years old. On March 30, 2004, for his part, he made his initial presentation with the Albiceleste against Ecuador in a duel corresponding to the South American Qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup. In that same season he won the gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games being a figure in Marcelo Bielsa's cast.
Mona Jiménez and Carlos Tevez suffered a serious fall at a recital in Sargento Cabral.
The relationship grew over time and meetings between the former Manchester United attacker and Mona became more and more common. In fact, the musician invited his friend to sing on stage repeatedly and they even decided to record a song: “Muñeco de Trapo”, from the CD “Tricología Tercer Acto” that was released in 2018.
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In September 2023, Jiménez visited Apache in Buenos Aires before one of his most recent shows and they spent a special night at the star's home. There they recalled the anecdotes linked to the simple group, with a challenge to the crack included: “We were reading the lyrics and he told me 'sing it loud, with enthusiasm.' He farted on me. 'But I'm a soccer player,' I told him.” The entertainment, which included a large banquet with a barbecue, ended with dancing.
The composer, a sports fan and a self-confessed fan of Belgrano – although he usually admits that he also has a certain affection for Boca – took a gamble and had no qualms about choosing between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
Tevez and Mona shared many moments together. (Photo: Instagram capture).
“At that time there were no social networks, it is not like today that Leo is something important for children, but he, with all due respect, has six points and Maradona must have 12, because there will not be someone like him.” His weakness, however, will always be the little guy he sponsored when he was not yet a professional.
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Carlos Alberto Tevez was born on February 5, 1984. Born in the Army of the Andes neighborhood, popularly known as Fuerte Apache, his first surname was Martínez, which he changed because he was raised by his maternal uncles and adoptive parents, Segundo Raimundo Tevez and Adriana Noemí Martínez.
El Apache began playing in All Boys, still with his first surname, but he moved to Boca Juniors on the recommendation of the family of Ramón Maddoni, the talent scout who was related to the Parque club and was linked to Boca in the management of Mauricio Macri.
Carlos Tevez lived many moments in his different stages in Boca. (Photo: AFP).
He debuted for Xeneize in October 2001. He also played for Corinthians, West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Shanghai Shenua. He won 29 titles in his career, including the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental in Boca, and the Champions League and the Club World Cup with Manchester United. As a coach he directed at Rosario Central and currently sits on the substitute bench at Independiente.
Carlos Tevez arrived at Independiente in August 2023. (Photo: Fotobaires)