The Salaries Of The Top Paid Footballers In China

The Chinese Super League lured some of soccer's biggest talents during the winter transfer window with salaries they couldn't refuse.

This January’s transfer window was something of an oddity. Instead of the usual headlines involving the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain, the biggest story came out of China. The Chinese Super League, CSL, spent $278 million during the winter transfer window, outspending the $250 million dropped by the Premier League. So, we decided to take a look at the top paid footballers in China today.

For a bit of perspective, the total amount of money spent by clubs in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 totaled $193 million in January 2016.

Spearheaded by Chinese president Xi Jinping’s desire to transform the CSL into one of the best in the world, wealthy businessmen who are looking to improve their political relations and increases in television, attendance and marketing revenues, the CSL is challenging MLS as the most promising developing league in the world.

The 2016 edition of the Chinese Super League will be its 13th. It’s the most anticipated to-date due to the influx of talent that’s been purchased from leading European clubs. Contrary to Major League Soccer’s tendency to lure aging superstars looking for their final career challenge, the CSL has been able to attract top-quality players who are in the prime of their respective careers.

The carrot used to get these players to come? Outlandish contracts, typically two to three times their previous pay rate, that make them some of the highest paid athletes in the world. Here are the biggest Chinese Super League transfers and the salaries that the players will earn.

 
 

The Top Paid Footballers In China (January 2016)

Club: Hebei China Fortune

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @hughwizzy | Twitter

Ezequiel Lavezzi

30-years-old | Argentina

Transfer fee: $6.1 million to PSG (contract was expiring in the summer)

Salary: $16.8 million per year

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @NigeriaTeller | Twitter

Gervinho 

28-years-old | Ivory Coast

Transfer fee: $20 million to Roma

Salary: $9.7 million per year (triple his Roma salary)

 

Club: Guangzhou Evergrande 

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @goal_intl | Twitter

Jackson Martinez 

29-years-old | Colombia

Transfer fee: $45.8 million to Atletico Madrid

Salary: $14 million per year

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @CSL_football | Twitter

Paulinho 

27-years-old | Brazil

Transfer fee: $15.7 million to Tottenham

Salary: $6.3 million per year

Club: Jiangsu Suning FC 

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @SkyFootball | Twitter

Ramires

28-years-old | Brazil

Transfer fee: $36.7 million to Chelsea

Salary: $14.5 million per year

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @empireofthekop | Twitter

Alex Teixeira 

26-years-old | Brazil

Transfer fee: $55.6 million to Shakhtar Donetsk

Salary: $11.5 million per year

Club: Shanghai Shenhua

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @BesiktasOrdusu | Twitter

Demba Ba 

30-years-old | Senegal

Transfer fee: $15.7 million to Besiktas

Salary: $6.7 million per year

Top Paid Footballers In China

Photo: @GOAL_ID | Twitter

Fredy Guarin 

29-years-old | Colombia

Transfer fee: $14.5 million to Inter Milan

Salary: $8 million per year

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