At this rate, we may see record spending broken on a week to week basis.
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The Chinese Super League is at the center of global soccer news once more after another major star has been linked with the growing league from the east.
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According to agent Cezary Kucharski, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski had the opportunity become the world’s highest-paid player in China but declined the offer in order to remain in the Bundesliga.
The offer was reportedly made by an unnamed club, according to Kucharski, and would have paid the attacker over $42 million annually.
“I was contacted by an agent who brings stars to China,” Kucharski told SportoweFakty. “The club name wasn’t mentioned.
“If Lewy had decided to move to China, his salary would have been significantly higher than €40m, which means more than Carlos Tevez earns.”
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez recently completed a record move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, earning the veteran roughly $37 million annually.
BEIJING (AP) Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League.
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Shanghai Shenhua said Thursday that it paid an $11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors.
A source familiar with the negotiations said Tevez, 32, would be paid $40 million over two years.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the transaction.
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Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rival Shanghai SIPG signed Oscar from Chelsea.
China’s government wants to turn the country into a soccer power, and a cornerstone of the plan is improving its top domestic league.
Carlos Tevez has played for some of the world’s greatest clubs, and now the Argentine forward is set to become the best-paid player in the global game.
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The 32-year-old Tevez waved goodbye to his Boca Juniors side recently, giving the former Premier League striker the opportunity to clear a massive paycheck in the Chinese Super League.
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Shanghai Shenhua manager Gus Poyet has confirmed that Tevez is close to completing a move to the club, which is expected to bring the Argentine an annual salary of roughly $37.5 million — a simply astronomical number in any sport.
“I’m still waiting for 100 per cent to get permission to talk to Carlos about what’s ahead,” he told La Red.
“I don’t want to be unfair to people. It seems that everything is done and missing some details to be announced.”
Tevez had previously stated his desire to complete his career in Argentina with Boca, however, at this stage of his career the payday is likely too much to pass over.
For the record, I’ve always liked Carlos Tevez. Oh, by the way Carlitos, any chance I can borrow a few bucks…?
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Over the weekend Carlos Tevez said an emotional farewell to Argentine club Boca Juniors as he will now go elsewhere to earn over 20 times what he was earning in China’s top-flight.
In fact, Tevez is about to become the highest-paid player in the world.
According to multiple reports the former Manchester United, Manchester City, West Ham and Juventus striker is heading to China as the latest big-name to join the riches of the Chinese Super League (CSL).
Via AS, Argentine outlet Ole says that Tevez, 32, will earn over $762,000 per week on a two-year contract with CSL side Shanghai Shenhua which he will sign in the next week.
That contract equates to $37.5 million a year, or $75 million over the two seasons.
Below is a look at Tevez scoring his final goal for Boca, as they beat Colon 4-1 at La Bombonera on Sunday in the Argentinian Primera Division. He was subbed out in stoppage time as he got the chance to say goodbye to the fans of his boyhood club.
Tevez had previously wanted to see out his career with Boca after leaving Juventus, but now it seems the huge amount of money on offer in the CSL was just too good to turn down.
At this point in his career, Carlos Tevez will perhaps sign for no more new clubs before calling it a day on his lucrative playing career, but that doesn’t mean the prolific Argentine striker can’t (or won’t) continue retracing his steps and playing for a few (or all) of his six different previous employers.
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After leaving Juventus to return to his first professional club, Boca Juniors, last summer, Tevez is on the move again barely 12 months later. Having already rejected a move to West Ham United, a former club itself (the third of his career), Juventus, the sixth and final (to date) stop of Tevez’s career, made a serious run at reacquiring his services in recent weeks, according to Tevez’s agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Instead, Tevez has opted to sign for Brazilian side Corinthians, yet another former club (his second) — quotes from Football Italia:
“Obviously we can only say Carlos is a Corinthians player after the signatures. We’re talking about a done deal though, the transfer is done it’s just missing the signature on the contract.
“There were offers from Juventus, Atletico Madrid and two English clubs but Carlos prefers to go back to Brazil.”
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If you’re keeping score at home, Manchester United (stop no. 4) and Manchester City (no. 5) are Tevez’s only former clubs not currently vying for or offloading his services. Tevez seems to harbor real love and affection for just about every professional club he’s ever played for — once he no longer plays for said club and seeks a move elsewhere.