(Yicai Global) Dec. 29 -- Chinese Super League's Shanghai Greenland Shenhua has signed 32-year-old Argentinian football player Carlos Tevez for a fee that will send shockwaves across the world's football circles and sports industry, the club announced today.
Shanghai Shenhua paid EUR10 million (USD10.4 million) for Tevez's transfer fee. However, more than USD78 million salary to be paid to Carlos Tevez makes him the world's most expensive football player, bringing Chinese football and its spending power under the international spotlight once again.
Carlos Tevez will receive USD43.3 million in his first-year, bringing his weekly salary to a record-breaking more than USD750,000. A number of world's leading football coaches, including Chelsea FC's Antonio Conte and Arsenal FC's Arsene Wenger, expressed their concerns about the pulling power of Chinese Super League CSL on international football stars. Huge money being spent on players by Chinese clubs is "a danger for all teams in the world," Conte recently said.
Tevez is a well-known striker in football circles, having played in top football clubs such as English Premier League's arch-rivals Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Juventus in Italy's Serie A. He was awarded the Premier League Golden Boot as the top goal scorer in 2010-11 football season. He also had more than 75 caps with the Argentinian national football team.
Shanghai Shenhua's main rival Shanghai SIPG has also completed the transfer of Chelsea's 25-year old Brazilian midfielder Oscar dos Santos for USD73 million earlier this week.
China's President Xi Jinping is known for his enthusiasm in football. He has set out a football vision for China, aimed at making the country one of the world's leading footballing nations by 2050. Football will also be a compulsory part of the national curriculum in Chinese schools to create 100,000 new players in the coming decades.