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Why China is becoming a quite a possibility for top footballers

Oscar and Hulk celebrating a goal in the Chinese Super League
Modified 02 Mar 2018, 17:01 IST
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The Chinese Super League has started to draw top European players on a regular basis. Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan joined Dalian Yifang and became the latest players to join the Chinese Super League.

China and India are two financial powerhouses in Asia, but when it comes to football, China is way ahead of India. The football scenario in China is also outsmarting the major leagues outside Europe, like the MLS and the ISL. The massive investment in their Football league shows that the Chinese are serious about the game and are ready to become the biggest league outside Europe.

The Chinese league usually begins in the month of March and goes on until November or December, which is almost a year.

The Chinese President Xi Jinping has been leading the transformation in this sport, as he has supported the league in every way possible. He has also laid emphasis on the importance of producing homegrown talent and to support this initiative China have launched several soccer schools in the country.

Several high-profile players like Oscar, Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and Jose Fonte are a part Asia’s top-flight league and this has come as a shock for quite a few European fans.

Let us look at why China are luring away the best of players in Europe and is becoming the Football Superpower in Asia.


Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
Yannick Carrasco recently left Atletico Madrid

This is the biggest incentive a player receives as joins to play for a club in the Chinese Super League. The money that the players earn is extraordinary and it helps them secure a future and grow financially. The money involved is not only for the players but also for the football clubs.


The selling clubs receive a good fee for the players, a figure they might not get from their European counterparts. They also sell the players to China so that they might not have to sell the player to their rivals.

Atletico Madrid have done quite a lot of business with Chinese Super League clubs as Jackson Martinez was the first one to go. Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan are the latest ones to leave.

Players usually go to a league like these in the twilight of their career, but the scenario is changing as the likes of Oscar, Hulk, Ramires and the aforementioned duo left at the peak of their prowess. They also have coaches that are capable of winning trophies for big European Clubs but are in China for the growth of the game.

When Oscar was asked why he preferred a move to China and not to the top European clubs he said: "Every football player, or every person who works, wants to earn money to help their families. I came from a social background in Brazil that is very poor."

It works well for both the sides and helps the growth of football in China.

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Published 02 Mar 2018, 17:01 IST
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