A number of football stars have quit European football for Chinese money, and the latest is former Manchester United striker, Carlos Tevez.
Tevez had left Juventus 2 seasons ago to play for his hometown club, Boca Juniors. Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenshua however revealed today that they paid the Argentine side a transfer fee of 9 million pounds.
“The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian and domestic matches and contribute to more exciting games for fans,” Shanghai Shenshua said in a statement, calling him “the most outstanding striker in Argentina’s history”.
According to reports, Tevez will earn a whooping 615,000 pounds per week as part of the deal.
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The Chinese Super League doesn’t begin until March, and Tevez is expected to join the team in Okinawa, Japan for their pre-season camp.
Boca also released a statement thanking Tevez, adding that they’d be expecting yet another return in the future.
“We’ll work on bringing you back,” it added. “No effort is too great to have you wearing our shirt again.”
A lot of South American stars have been attracted by Chinese clubs, including Jackson Martinez, Hulk, Ramires and most recently Oscar, who was bought for a reported 60 million pounds by Shanghai SIPG.
Not many are happy with the spending abilities of the Chinese Super League. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was quoted as saying, ”the Chinese market is a danger for all.”
Keep spending that money, China. Spend it!