Flush with cash if not with fans, the Chinese Super League has lured many top foreign players. This summer, China has been recruiting top footballers looking to earn big money in China rather than obscurity in the top European clubs.
This 29-year-old Ghanaian no doubt earns the most of all the high-paid foreign talent in China; additionally, he has become one of the world’s top earning players. After four years at Al Ain in the UAE, he made the move to Shanghai SIPC in early July with estimated weekly salary of 350,000 USD, which makes him the 8th highest paid player in the world. Though, compared with other top-earning players like Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gyan hasn’t exactly put up a top-class performance yet, but, who knows, maybe he’ll perform well enough in China to earn that fat paycheck.
Robson de Souza, commonly known as Robinho, joined Guangzhou Evergrande in July on a 6-month contract. Having played in some of the world’s best clubs, like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and A.C. Milan, this Brazilian forward is essential for Evergrande, the last season’s champion in both the Chinese League and AFC Cup. While the transfer fee was free, his monthly salary is reported to be around a million Euros (1.13 million USD).
In late June, this Brazilian star also moved to Evergrande and will be on-side for the next four years with an officially stated transfer fee of 14 million Euros (15.9 million USD). As a member of the Selecao (Brazil’s national team), he contributed to the 2013 Confederation Cup win. At just 26, it’s somewhat surprising that this youngster would opt for a Chinese league rather than his Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Demba Ba, former striker from Senegal at Turkey’s Beşiktaş J.K., moved to Shanghai Shenhua with a reported transfer fee over €13 million (14.7 million USD).
Also, Icelandic national hero Eidur Gudjohnsen joined Shijiazhuang Ever Bright early this June. Though it is not clear how much he earns in China, this legend is certainly making top dollar, considering his career in the European League, including 08-09 season’s FC Barcelona’s Triple Crown.
In the past, there have been disputes over the unpaid wages, allegedly causing the exit of Ivorian superstar Didier Drogba. With a little luck, these foreign players will hopefully make off with their bounty this year.
China buys everything in Japan too!!