Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has denied suggestions that a falling out with Lionel Messi is behind his ongoing absence from the Argentina side, saying that the two players “get on well”.
“I don’t know where they got such nonsense from! Everyone publishes it but the truth is that we get on well. We have shared moments together, training sessions, matches and there has never been a problem. He is a charming and very polite person,” said Tevez in an interview with the Argentine daily Cronica on Wednesday.
“This should be his World Cup and I hope that is the case with all my heart because he is a marvelous player. He and Cristiano (Ronaldo), with whom I played at Manchester United, are the best players in the world.”
Tevez has not played for his country since their disappointing exit from the Copa America to Uruguay on penalties at the quarterfinal stage on home soil in 2011 and there appears to be little prospect of him winning favor with coach Alejandro Sabella now.
“Everyone asks me why I’m not there but it would be a lack of respect on my part if I answered. That’s just the way things are,” said the 29-year-old, who starred for Boca Juniors at the start of his career and continues to be idolized in Argentina.
Television station Cronica TV has been staging a campaign to get Tevez included in the squad and several fans called for the player to be recalled in a protest in Buenos Aires on Friday.
Argentina will face Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F at the World Cup in Brazil.