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5 CSL players who could still cut it in Europe's best leagues

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988   //    22 Sep 2017, 20:10 IST

Paulinho has impressed at Barcelona
Paulinho has impressed at Barcelona

Over the last two seasons, a number of international capped players from different European countries and leagues have made the big money move to the Chinese Super League.

With a chunk of the exports being South American, a few big name European players have also sought a move to be a part of the most rapidly rising football market on the planet. 

A host of top experienced managers have also made their way to China seeking a large payday while imparting their knowledge and expertise helping the football development in the country. 

However, most of the player recruits from big European teams could still ply their trade amongst the best footballers, in the best leagues around Europe.

Paulinho's big money move to Barcelona, before the start of this season, is the most recent example of a player swapping China for a big club in Europe, post a short stint with a CSL club.

We take a look at five more players, who like Paulinho, could fancy a move back to Europe in the near future and still play well.



#5 Hulk


Hulk could still be lethal in Europe
Hulk could still be lethal in Europe

Former Porto and Zenit St Petersberg player, Hulk made his move to Shanghai SIPG from the Russian club for an estimated €56 million, on a four-year contract.

The Brazilian international is a powerhouse with tremendous ability on the ball who can play on the wing as well as lead the line. 

Having played and won titles and individual accolades in Portugal, Russia and Japan before moving to Europe as a youngster, Hulk's current stint in China under manager Andre Villas-Boas has not been fruitful. 

Although the club did compete for the CSL title, Shanghai SIPG fell short.

The 31-year-old's contract runs out only in June 2020, but the ambitious Brazilian could be back playing in a European team before that if the club doesn't manage to succeed.

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