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The Argentine legend has called time on his glittering career at the age of 38 following the loss of his father due to COVID-19 complications in February 2021.
Although Tevez had offers to continue, he no longer has the energy to keep playing without his old man and "number one fan", Segundo Raimundo, watching him.
He will now embark on his next chapter and look to become a coach.
Tevez had three separate spells with Boca Juniors but he was utterly unplayable at United, forming a special connection with Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He signed for the Red Devils in 2007 and went on to win back-to-back Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League.
Tevez scored 34 times in two seasons and became a huge hit with United fans, who were desperate for Sir Alex Ferguson to "sign him up" permanently due to his blend of technical ability and immense workrate.
A compilation of his best bits highlights just what a special player Tevez was in his pomp.
And Rooney thinks so highly of Tevez - feeling as though they "complimented each other really well".
“Tevez. I just loved our connection," Rooney told SPORTbible when asked who was his favourite player to play with.
"The two of us up front, we complimented each other really well.
“Normally if I played with Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Robin van Persie – these strikers were always the No.9 and I’d play as a No.10.
“With Tevez we could rotate, I’d be the No.9, he’d take the No.9 spot and I’d be No.10. When we lost the ball we’d be like two bulls trying to get it back.
“As a strike partner, he was the one I enjoyed playing with the most.”
Tevez's United legacy is somewhat tarnished, however, by his controversial move to rivals Manchester City in 2009.
The transfer led to the classic 'Welcome to Manchester' poster and Rooney was "devastated" that Tevez left.
He added: “[It was] devastating. I enjoyed playing with him that much and I knew something was going on because there was the issue with his ownership in terms of whether it was the club or an agent.
“It was actually very cheap to buy him and for whatever reason we didn’t buy him. I think Man City got him for about £20 million, which is incredible really.
“You saw what a great player he was when he went there. I was devastated.”