From Hulk To Oscar: The Chinese Super League Best XI
The Chinese Super League is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.
When Brazilian midfielder Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea last week, many looked on in disbelief as the midfielder became the highest paid player in world football, surpassing the likes of Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The amount of money Oscar will earn is quite honestly frightening for a player of his magnitude.
He will earn an incredible:
- £400,000 per week
- £57,142 per day
- £2,380 per hour
- £40 per minute
- 66p per second
Then you look at the amount former Southampton forward Graziano Pelle is earning - a player who may represent the Italian national side, but questions have been raised at how much the 31-year-old is actually earning at Shandong Luneng.
I'm sure he's not complaining as he rakes in £350,000 every week.
Pelle might be the seventh highest paid player in world football, but Shanghai and Shandong aren't the only clubs who have splashed the cash.
Although many complain about they money aspect in Chinese football, you cannot deny their ambition to make a name for themselves.
They continue to spend vast amounts of money on world-class talent and that's certainly not going to change in the near future, so who makes it into the league's best XI right now - Hulk? Paulinho? Graziano Pelle?
Here is our starting XI of the best Chinese Super League talent:
Although they need to improve when it comes to the defensive side of the game, the Chinese Super League is drowning in attacking talent.
Here is another starting XI to compete with the above:
Not to forget Carlos Tevez, who is reportedly close to signing for Shanghai SIPG in one of the most expensive deals of all time. The former Manchester United and Manchester City forward will pocket a reported £615,000-a-week.
That's £87,857 a day.
It's certainly exciting times for fans of the Chinese Super League. All we know is, January will be an exciting month for transfers.