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Argentina's Tevez celebrates English soccer cup

May 12, 2008 |  6:08 pm

He came out of one of Buenos Aires' toughest neighborhoods, a villa called Fort Apache. Short of stature but long in determination, Carlos Tevez has become one of Europe's top soccer stars. The forward is not especially flashy, but he always shows a lot of grit.

Champ On Sunday, his team, the legendary Manchester United, won England's coveted Premier League championship. Tevez had previously won an Argentine championship with Boca Juniors and a Brazilian cup with Corinthians. During Sunday's victory celebrations, Tevez draped himself in a blue-and-white Argentine flag, a photo that made the newspapers at home. Asked by the sports daily Ole about his popularity with British fans, Tevez replied: "They see me on the field every Sunday and they know I give my all."

-- Patrick J. McDonnell and Andres D'Alessandro in Buenos Aires.

Photo: Manchester United players Carlos Tevez, left, draped in the Argentine flag, and Gary Neville, right, celebrate with the Premier League championship trophy after 2-0 victory Sunday against Wigan.  Credit: Rich Eaton / EPA