You just haven't seen sporting passion until you witness Argentinean football.
Yesterday was the last day of the league season, and it was everything you could have hoped for. The big two, River Plate and Boca Juniors had just a point between them with one game to go. Entering the day, River, who hadn't won the title since 2014, were a point ahead of Boca, but could only manage a draw with Atletico Tucuman.
Of course, it's not an Argentinean football story without the inclusion somehow of Diego Maradona. Maradona, a Boca legend, was back at La Bombonera as coach of their opponents Gimnasia La Plata.
📸 - Looks like Tevez & Maradona have their own way of greeting each other. pic.twitter.com/jfUbH4wH6f
— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) March 8, 2020
In the end though, the day was all about another legend of club and country. 36-year-old Carlos Tevez was the hero of the day for Boca, scoring a 72nd minute winner from the edge of the box, sending the home crowd into hysterics.
Tevez, who had earlier greeted Maradona with a full on kiss on the lips, went straight to the fans on scoring the goal, jumping into the fencing and instantly creating one of the great images of South American football.
Fierce passion is an endearing trait of Scottish football, but Argentina is a different level of mental. Carlos Tevez won the league for BocaJuniors with this goal last night.#BocaJuniors 🔥⚽️ pic.twitter.com/LbSlhvSeyb
— Barry Anderson (@BarryAnderson_) March 8, 2020
Boca Juniors welcomed Maradona back to La Bombonera last night in a game vs Gimnasia that they needed to win.
Carlos Tevez scored the winner and River Plate dropped points to make Boca the champions. Absolutely crazy night.#BocaEstaFeliz pic.twitter.com/Qb4hqTqrcm
— LUKE (@luketaylortcd) March 8, 2020
It marks the fourth game in a row that Tevez has scored in the run-in to secure the Boca's third title in four years.
Tevez began his career with the Buenos Aires club as a 13 years old, before leaving to join Corinthians in Brazil in 2005. After a famous career in Europe, Tevez returned to Boca in 2015. He moved to China, leaving again, in 2017, but returned a year later for his third spell at the club.
He has now won four Primera División titles since his first return.