The 50 Best Football Players on the Planet: 30 – 21

October 8, 2010

The countdown continues. Argentinean defensive midfielders show their class, while a couple of high profile strikers don’t quite make the most of their talents.

30. Carlos Tevez (ARG / Manchester City)

After several years of sometimes fruitless toil for West Ham and Manchester United, Tevez is blossoming once again at Manchester City, displaying the kind of form that once made him the deadliest goal predator in Argentina and Brazil, as well as the South American Footballer of the Year three times running. The fans admire Tevez for his tireless work rate and never say die attitude, but it’s his neat touch, pacy incisions into the box and quick, tight turns that really set him apart. He especially likes to receive the ball with his back to goal, turn, and run at opposition defenders. Tevez’ goals to games ratio has sometimes been a tad lacklustre, but finishing out the 2009/10 season as the Premier League’s fourth top goal scorer indicates that the boy can finish. Tevez had a fine World Cup with Argentina and notched a brace against Mexico, but more is expected from him at international level from the Argentinean public. Actually has a successful part time career as front man for the cumbia villera (Argentine ghetto music) group Piola Vago. 

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