Tevez, 25, was initially stopped because the car's tinted windows – useful for avoiding paparazzi – were too dark. But the red card was shown when the traffic officer discovered the footballer did not have a full UK driving licence.
As the car was towed to a nearby police compound, the Argentinian footballer was faced with the prospect of hitchhiking home, until his team-mate Patrice Evra drove by and offered him a lift in his Mercedes.
Tevez had been driving near junction 7 of the M60, on his way to the club training ground, when he was stopped. He now faces prosecution for driving without a valid licence.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "The officers were concerned certain windows were illegally tinted. They were tested and found to be too dark so a prohibition notice was issued to the driver.
"When asked to provide his documentation, it was discovered the driver did not have a full UK driving licence and he was advised to arrange removal of the car. As he could not arrange this, the car was removed under Section 165 of Road Traffic Act 1988."
The maximum penalty for driving without a valid licence is a £1,000 fine and six points.