Carlos Tevez: Chinese players won’t be able to compete even in 50 years

Carlos Tevez has hit back on the capability of Chinese players after being criticized by Shanghai Shenhua bosses and supporters.

“Chinese players are not as naturally skilled like South American or European players,” he said in an interview with the French television station SFR Sport on Wednesday.

“Like players who learned football when they were kids. They’re not good. Even in 50 years, they still won’t be able to compete.”

Previously, Shenhua’s chairman, Wu Xiaohui, admitted the Argentine had “not met their expectations”, with reports that Tevez had been warned to lose weight by the new head coach Wu Jingui.

Being one of the highest-paid football players in the world, Tevez soon became the disappointment due to his dismal performance.

The 33-year-old has played just 13 times in the league and scored only three goals, having struggled with a persistent calf injury,