“The number 4 has a good history at Barcelona.”
1NEWS – There was a time when Europe’s top players left to play in the Chinese League. The decision was taken regardless of the amount of salary they would receive. Clubs such as Guangzhou, Shanghai Port, and many more became port venues.
Having financial support that is said to be unlimited, the Chinese League is trying to become one of the best football countries in the world.
It is all part of a very ambitious program set up by the Chinese Football Association in 2016. They seek to fulfill President Xi Jinping’s wish for China to win the World Cup in 2030.
That includes plans to have a football field for every 10,000 people, with the ambition of getting 50 million people active in the sport in the country.
It’s safe to say eight years since the publication of the Football Association programme, things haven’t gone as planned. China once again failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, finishing fifth from their six third-round qualifying group games in Qatar.
But, who are the 10 most expensive purchases in Chinese Super League history and how did they turn out?
He moved to China after being recruited for 54 million pounds / Rp 1.1 trillion. He left Chelsea, and his signing remains at the top in Chinese football history, at least for a very long time.
“I come from a very poor social background in Brazil. We have nothing,” he said years ago. “This is the fruit of my work and when I got this, it was because I conquered it.”
“China has tremendous financial power and sometimes makes offers that players can’t refuse.”
The midfielder has spoken volumes about a possible return to Chelsea, but he is contracted until 2024.
However, he has outstanding stats for Shanghai; 170 games, 50 goals and 93 assists while winning the Chinese Super League. Interesting stats, just like the amount of money he made.
Hulk cost Shanghai Port 50 million pounds to sign him from St Petersburg in 2016.
The forward scored 77 goals in 145 appearances for the club, helping them win the Chinese Super League and Chinese FA Super Cup before returning to Brazil in 2021.
3. Alex Teixeira
Teixeira is one of the Brazilian players who strengthens Shakhtar Donetsk. His move to Jiangsu Suning naturally took some people by surprise.
He was previously linked with Liverpool in January 2016 and Jiangsu Suning spent £45m buying the attacking midfielder a few weeks later.
The 32-year-old did well in China, winning the league in 2020, or just before his team went bankrupt and he had to leave on a free transfer.
(mochamad rahmatul haq/yul)