CARLOS TEVEZ pulled out of Boca Juniors' game against Newell's Old Boys on Sunday after the death of his father due to complications from Covid-19.
The former Manchester United striker has returned to Buenos Aires as hemourns the loss of his adopted dad – who had been fighting for his life for several weeks.
Segundo Raimundo Tevez beat coronavirus last year but had recently suffered further health problems.
Doctors had warned Tevez and his family that his chances of survival were very slim.
Segundo, the husband of Carlos' aunt Adriana, adopted the Argentine after his biological father died before he was born.
Boca confirmed the sad news as they tweeted: "Boca Juniors mourns the death of Don Segundo, Carlos' father, and are thinking of the Tevez family and their friends at this time of so much pain and sadness. Stay strong!"
Segundo had surgery on his neck at the start of 2020 before contracting coronavirus later in the year during the pandemic.
Last month, Tevez tragically revealed he had to tell his children their grandad would not recover.
The ex-Manchester City and West Ham forward 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."
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Last summer, Segundo spent 45 days in intensive care while overcoming coronavirus.
But diabetic Segundo, who struggled with obesity, 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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