(Last Updated On: May 13, 2017)
The Chinese Super League has burst into the scene offering some record breaking salaries to top players in different European leagues. Chinese President Xi Jinping has a golden vision for football in his country and has set out a 10 year plan to double the size of the Chinese sports economy to more than £600 billion.
Here are the highest paid stars in the Chinese Super League
1. Ezequiel Lavezzi – £798,000 a week
He is a 32-year-old forward from Argentina who moved from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2017 to Hebei China Fortune for a total price of £41.5 million.
2. Carlos Tevez – £634,615 a week
Tevez plays for Shanghai Shenhua after moving from his boyhood club Boca for a price of £9 million. He is paid a basic annual wage of £17.16 million a year and has a potential of adding more from bonuses which include: £788,000 if he starts 70% of the games, £1.56 million if his side win the Asian Champions League, £788,000 if they become champions, £390,000 if they win the cup and £390,00 if he is the top scorer.
3. Oscar – £548,000 a week
Oscar moved to Shanghai SIPG after a £60 million transfer from Chelsea. There he teamed up with former manager Andre Villas-Boas.
4. Hulk – £320,000 a week
Brazilian star Hulk moved from Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIGP for a fee of £46.2 million.
5. Axel Witsel – £300,000 a week
Axel rejected an offer from Juventus to join Tianjin Quanjian after moving from Zenit St.Petersberg.
6. Graziano Pelle – £300,000 a week
Pelle now plays for Shandong Luneng after moving from St Mary’s for a fee of £8 million.
7. Asamoah Gyan – £227,000 a week
After spending one full season in the Premier League playing for Sunderland, Gyan moved to Abu Dhabi based club called Al Ain then later to Shanghai SIPG.
8. Ramires – £200,000 a week
He departed from Chelsea for a total fee of £25 million in 2016 and moved to Jiangsu Suning.