Tevez flattered by 'player of the people' nickname in Argentina

The Juventus striker says that he is just "a normal guy" and feels privileged to be so highly regarded among his compatriots, many of whom want him in the World Cup squad
Carlos Tevez is flattered that so many of his fellow Argentines are pushing for him to be recalled to the national team for this summer's World Cup, feeling honoured to be known as "the player of the people".

The Juventus striker has not played for his country since Alejandro Sabella took over as coach in 2011 and there appears little hope of the forward travelling to Brazil despite the fact that he has netted 18 times in Serie A this season.

That has not stopped supporters and pundits alike from calling for Tevez to be welcomed back into the Albiceleste fold, though, and the ex-Manchester City star is touched by the affection that his compatriots continue to show for him.

"I'm a normal guy and I don't give myself nicknames, like 'player of the people'," he told Sky Sport Italia, "but I'm pleased when the people in Argentina do so much for me and call me that."

It has also been claimed that Tevez has carried Juve at times during his debut season in Serie A but he insists that the Bianconeri's strength is the collective spirit that coach Antonio Conte has cultivated in Turin.

"Tevez's Juve? No, I believe that the team is all important here, not only one player," he argued. "It's the team that is stronger than the player; this is shown in every game.

"And Conte is a top coach. He shows that in every game, in every competition in which Juve plays."