Carlos Tevez says he has played his last game for Boca Juniors as the striker has nothing more to give his boyhood club.
Tevez returned for a third spell with Boca in 2018 and helped the famous club win the Argentinian Primera Division title last year.
There were reports that Tevez, who was rocked by the death of his father in February, would retire on Friday but the 37-year-old revealed he was leaving Boca rather than calling time on his career.
The former Argentina international, who made his Boca debut aged 16, said: “I thought this moment would never come, but here I am. It will be very difficult to speak to them [Boca fans], but here I am to tell them that I will not continue at the club.
“It is not a farewell, but a see you soon, because I will always be there for the fan and for the Xeneize people, no longer as a player, but as the Carlitos of the people.
“Tell them that I am full and full with this decision because I no longer have anything else to give, as a player I gave it and for that I am happy. Boca always needs me 120 per cent and I am not mentally prepared to give them that.
“For me Boca is the best club in the world, my dad, my brothers, my mom, my wife and my children are from Boca and I can’t lie to them and neither to the fans. For all this it is my decision, purely and exclusively mine, this is the truth of my decision.”
Tevez, who scored three goals for Boca last season, said he has not had time to mourn the passing of his father.