CARLOS TEVEZ has spoken of his father's tragic illness and the 'difficult' period his family is facing.
After lifting the Copa Diego Maradona for Boca Juniors on Sunday night, the veteran striker opened up on his personal heartache.
Tevez's adopted father, Segundo Raimundo Tevez, beat coronavirus last year but has recently suffered further health problems.
The Boca star told reporters: "Unfortunately, my old man has no chance.
"It is a very difficult time for my whole family.
"I think I have won 29 titles in my career. This is very difficult for me.
"Unfortunately, my old man has no chance and to be a father, to explain to my daughters about their grandfather, it's a very difficult situation for everyone."
Raimundo, the husband of Carlos' aunt Adriana, adopted the Argentine after his biological father died before he was born.
Last summer, he spent 45 days in intensive care while overcoming coronavirus.
But Raimundo, who is diabetic, was back in hospital soon after due to a deterioration in his health.
Tevez spoke at the time of the heavy mental toll it took on him, with the 36-year-old admitting to bursting into tears during games.
He said in November: "I have different emotions.
"At times I am well and other times I go and cry during the half-time break. I can't explain it.
"These are difficult times. I go and visit my father and then I have to be strong to play football."
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Fans of the Buenos Aires club have placed a banner at their La Bombonera stadium in support of the player and his family.
Tevez helped Boca claim the Copa Diego Maradona by coming off the bench and scoring in a penalty shootout win over Banfield.
Boca had conceded a last-minute equaliser to take the tie all the way before a 5-3 shootout victory.
The Copa was a cup competition created to replace Argentina's Superliga amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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