The Chinese Super League (CSL) spends phenomenally to lure star footballers from different leagues to join Chinese Clubs. And why not, CSL, over a period, has gained tremendous respect in the football fraternity, globally. The followers too are increasing day by day. The clubs’ performances are also improvising every year; the year 2016 has been a striking year as Chinese Clubs have signed a number of football stars from other leagues.
The transfers increased the earning capacity of the players a lot more than what they were getting in their previous roles. Here are the 10 biggest transfers of the league in 2016-17:
Carlos Alberto Martínez Tevez is an Argentine professional footballer who began his career with Boca Juniors, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup. The 32-year-old forward joined the Shanghai Shenhua in Dec 2016 with a massive two-year deal. That contract equates to $37.5 million a year, or $75 million over the two seasons.
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior simply known as Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG and the Brazil national team. The Brazil midfielder broke the Asian transfer record with his move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG, and the 25-year-old’s decision to move at the peak of his career has highlighted the financial clout the CSL is prepared to exercise in the transfer market. Oscar moved from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG in a £52 million deal (£400,000 a week in the Super League).
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa known as Hulk is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Shanghai SIPG and the Brazil national team. The striker set the Asian transfer record when he signed for Shanghai SIPG in June 2016 but had a little impact last season after picking up an injury in his first game for his new club.
Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. Witsel has signed a £255,000-per-week deal at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian. He turned down a move to Italian giants Juventus because of the money he was offered to join the Chinese Super League.
Graziano Pelle is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Shandong Luneng and the Italy national team. Pelle is the most costly player to move from England to China. According to reports, he signed a £34m deal of two and a half years, breaking down to something like £260,000 a week.
AsamoahGyan is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Ahli Dubai F.C. and captains the Ghanaian national team. Gyan has become one of the world’s best-paid players after joining Shanghai SIPG from Al Ain for a reported €315,000 per week.
Ezequiel Ivan Lavezzi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and the Argentina national team as a forward. Lavezzi has agreed a two-year contract for an estimated £23.5million with Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune in February 2016.
Ramires Santos do Nascimento is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning and the Brazil national team. Chelsea midfielder Ramires joined Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning for about a £25million transfer fee.
Jackson Arley Martinez Valencia is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Guangzhou EvergrandeTaobao and the Colombian national team. Martinez’s move made the Chinese club a lot better but it was also very expensive as it was for $45.8 million.
Alex Teixeira Santos is a Brazilian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning. Teixeira’s move to Jiangsu Suning was for $56 million dollars. Liverpool and a few other teams were reportedly interested in signing the star before his record move to the Chinese Super League.
The transfer season for this year has already started and, as usual, there are rumors about many stars professional footballers going Chinese. The big names include likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The final list, therefore, will be exciting.