The extravagant lifestyle of foreign players in the Chinese football leaguePosted By: Sourav Das | January 2, 2018
China’s President Xi started to show his interest in football way back in 2014 and decided to put the country’s name in the world football scenario while having in mind the plan to make it a footballing superpower. And to impress the president, several business tycoons started to buy clubs of the Chinese football league and also started to spend millions and millions to bring world’s most famous players in the club. Several ageing stars of football standing at the twilight of their career happily accepted the golden ticket and responded to some of these richest sports club owners who are throwing spectacular amounts of money to decorate their squads.
The extravagant lifestyle of foreign players in the Chinese football league
Most of the famous names of football turned their head from the lucrative offers just because they didn’t want to move halfway across the globe and to play for the side which even they never heard of. But for some players the amount which they were offered is too much to refuse. And with this up-growing graph of football expenses in China, the country will soon have atleast five out of the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world. But as of now, few of the super-rich footballers remain in china and living an extravagant life while playing a few numbers of games per season, mostly against low-quality opponents in the Chinese football league.
Graziano Pelle moved from Southampton to the Chinese League club Shandong Luneng last year with a contract having £300,000-a-week salary. The Italian international scored just 12 goals till now for his new club but expected to bag nearly £30million pounds from his two and half years contract with the club. Israeli international Eran Zahavi is also among the footballers who was never heard of outside his own country but recently rose to huge wealth and fame due to the Chinese football league. He moved from Maccabi Tel Aviv to Guangzhou R&F last year and became the top goalscorer of the league. With his amazing success, he is now reportedly earning atleast £70,000-a-week salary and also rewarded £16,000 bonus for each of his 27 goals that he scored. Zahavi is expected to earn more than £9million each season from his contract till the end of 2020 which could make him one of the richest footballers in the world.
Brazilian forward Hulk moved from Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG in 2016. And now with his £320,000-a-week salary, Hulk is often pictured spending huge amount of money in several things, such as checking out some of the most expensive artworks. 32-year-old Ezequiel Lavezzi moved from one of the richest football clubs in the world Paris Saint-Germain to Hebei China Fortune of the Chinese football league in 2016. With a contract of £400,000-a-week salary, he is spending huge amount of money in fine wines. Recently he posted a photo of a bottle of 1976 Chateau Mouton Rothschild in his instagram account which definitely put many footballers into frustration.