Pundit Gary Neville has become embroiled in a war of words over West Ham United cult hero Carlos Tevez.

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Kia Joorabchian is best remembered by West Ham fans as the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to East London in a move that shocked world football.

That saga saw the birth of a Hammers cult hero in Tevez which culminated in the Great Escape.

That goal at Manchester United on the last day of the season which kept West Ham up would be the last West Ham fans saw of Tevez in the claret and blue, though.

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Tevez went from Hammers hero to Old Trafford villain

Ironically months later he would move to Old Trafford.

There the West Ham fans’ favourite enjoyed great success and formed a deadly front line alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But his stay at Man United was shortlived too.

Tevez was there for just two years before controversially departing for Manchester City.

But West Ham fans still love Tevez to this day. Indeed there was even talk the striker might return to East London in recent years.

 

He is currently seeing out his playing days with boyhood club Boca Juniors.

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Neville blasts Tevez for unprofessionalism

Now Tevez’s former teammate at Man United has slammed the Argentine for a lack of professionalism.

And Joorabchian – who was also heavily linked with leading a takeover bid for West Ham back in 2006 (The Independent) – has hit back at the Sky Sports pundit.

“What annoyed me about Tevez was that he downed tools in his second season,” said Neville on Sky Sports.

“He started sitting on the treatment table, started coming out late for training, started messing around.

“He was playing the club and I couldn’t stand that… I felt disappointed that, as a professional, he didn’t act the right way.”

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But Joorabchian showed his teeth, biting straight back at Neville on Sky Sports.

“I think the person’s professionalism to be questioned is Gary Neville because he didn’t do his homework on Carlos’ career or as a reporter to say why Tevez wasn’t (professional),” Joorabchian told Sky Sports.

“He never made any phone calls, he never asked the question of me or anyone to know what has happened. He just makes comments time and time again.

“By saying things like that, he is putting a mark on the back of a player who has won double or triple the trophies he has ever won.

“Carlos has won trophies in every single league he has ever played in, he has been nominated as player of the year in South America more than any other player in history and now, at the age of 34, he’s just won the league and scored the winning goal with Boca Juniors again.”

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