The Chinese Super League clubs have started to influence their financial might on the footballing world by offering some extravagant wages to lure players away from the major leagues. Players like Ramires and Alex Teixeira have made the move to Asia in order to earn some quick money.
The latest news regarding the Chinese League is that Carlos Tevez, currently playing for Boca Juniors, has accepted the offer from Chinese giants, Shanghai Shenhua which will make him the highest-paid footballer in the world ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
After spending nine years in Europe, Tevez returned to his boyhood club and is now set to sign a two-year deal with Shanghai which will see him earn a whopping $111 million which converts to a massive $1 million per week. Cristiano Ronaldo's new deal sees him earn $624,000 per week which now looks like a small figure compared to Tevez's wages.
The Argentine striker will leave Boca in the best possible way with the 32-year-old scoring a brace in the SuperClasico against fierce rivals, River Plate.
Tevez all but confirms move
When asked about his decision to leave his beloved club to join the Chinese Super League, Tevez replied, “I think it’s time to think and it’s only me to take the decision. I know that my teammates want me to stay, that the coach wants me to stay, but the decision is mine and when I have a cool head I’m going to think. I know it’s difficult and everyone expects an answer but I have to think well about it, the decision is more personal than something else and accepting the reality is difficult.”
It is being reported that just a final few formalities are remaining which will see Tevez playing in the Shanghai colours soon. Marca have reported that one of Boca directors revealed that the deal is done.
Tevez will be teaming up with fellow South American, Gus Poyet who is managing the Shanghai club and it is also reported that Shenhua are trying hard to convince Chelsea veteran, John Terry, to join their ranks.
Shenhua president confirms move
Shenhua president Wu Xiaohui has also gone on record to say that a deal for Tevez is in its final stages which will see him become the highest paid footballer in the world. Xiaohui said, "We have done a lot of work on trying to sign Tevez, and it’s safe to say that there has been a definite breakthrough in the negotiations. But for a variety of reasons, we have not nailed down the deal.
“Their club have problems that are still yet to be solved and I will spare you the details. We will continue to put greater effort into this and strive to give our supporters a pleasant surprise as early as possible.” Shanghai Shenhua's move for Carlos Tevez is seen by many as the club's answer to rivals Shanghai SIPG's decision to sign Chelsea's playmaker, Oscar for a whopping $89 million.
Carlos Tevez came into prominence after putting in impressive performances in the 2006 World Cup for Argentina which saw him then signing for Premier League club, West Ham United along with Javier Mascherano.
He then went on a two-season loan to Manchester United where he won two Premier League titles, one Champions League and one Club World Cup. He also won one Premier League crown during his time with Manchester City before moving to Juventus and helping the Italian giants to win two consecutive Scudettos.
(Video Courtesy: Kaiizo Films YouTube Channel)Published 17 Dec 2016, 16:34 IST