The ludicrous spending ability of the Chinese Super League has become even more preposterous, as they have now made Argentine striker Carlos Tevez the world’s best paid footballer
The former West Ham United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker is the latest in the line of well-known players heading east to earn huge money, as he joins Shanghai Shenhua from boyhood club Boca Juniors.
Tevez will reportedly be earning a whopping £32 million a year on his two year deal with Shanghai Shenhua. The fact that they are paying the 32-year-old such huge wages in truly shocking, and football fans around the world were awestruck.
Tevez will reportedly become the highest-paid footballer in the world, earning an estimated £615,000 per week #SSFootball
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) December 29, 2016
He will earn €38.8m per year. Broke the world record. pic.twitter.com/AD9zzDpwif
— mephobia (@mephobia8) December 29, 2016
Carlos #Tevez‘s earnings at Shanghai Shenhua:
💰 £320m per year
💰 £615k per week
💰 £88k per day
💰 £3.6k per hour
💰 £61 per minute pic.twitter.com/r2obCXgLEJ
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) December 20, 2016
Carlos #Tevez will earn £88,000/DAY! £1/SEC! in China; STAGGERING!
And when I told my fam that I wanted to go into professional football:😂 pic.twitter.com/sMCYBPHMvV
— Mohsin Rizvi (@mozude) December 20, 2016
Many fans were quick to recall some of the statements Tevez had previously made. The Argentine frequently complained of being ‘homesick’ in Europe and called Boca Juniors the club of his dreams, saying he wanted to win the Argentine Primera Division.
The 32-year-old hasn’t achieved that dream yet, but it looks like he’s heading to China nonetheless.
Carlos Tevez talking in 2010: “I’m tired of football, tired of people who work in football. Football is only about money & I don’t like it.” pic.twitter.com/4j6wqGuJy6
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 29, 2016
It looks like you can cure homesickness by becoming the highest paid footballer in the world #Tevez
— Nemanja Grbić (@Nemcy85) December 29, 2016
Tevez getting $80m for 2 years in China. Remember when he was home sick in Manchester?!?! 🙈
— Peter Mcpartland (@PED7) December 14, 2016
Carlos Tevez leaves to go “home” to be closer to his family because he’s “homesick”. Then leaves for China. Makes sense, the mercenary… 🤔👌
— Nat Hubert (@nattyhubert) December 20, 2016
— James Gray (@essexjim) December 21, 2016
The Argentine has a past of claiming allegiance to clubs and taking the moral high ground, only to be swayed by financial factors, and fans hailed him as football’s ultimate mercenary.
Tevez to china no surprise at all. Mercenary.
— Evan (@Evan_is_RED) December 29, 2016
— Michael Hastings (@mjhastings1981) December 29, 2016
Carlos Tevez…the ultimate football mercenary. Man makes no pretence about being driven by passion, pride etc. He follows the $. https://t.co/fPk2EH3yTJ
— Black White Walker (@Mulewa92) December 29, 2016
Tevez wants 2 end career at boyhood club Yet money talks. True definition of mercenary, man with no legacy or loyalty. All the best Carlitos
— Chris Curtis (@chriscurtis90) December 29, 2016
In the history of humanity, has there ever been a bigger mercenary than Carlos Tevez
— David Smith (@Daveed_Smith) December 22, 2016