By Okeowo Oladapo
Shanghai Shenhua have announced the signing of Carlos Tevez. The former Manchester United and Manchester City striker is the latest in a string of high-profile players headed to China.
The deal makes Tevez one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
Tweeting about it today, Shenhua Shanghai said they believe he will “greatly enhance” the team’s front line.
“The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian and domestic matches and contribute to more exciting games for fans,” it said, calling him “the most outstanding striker in Argentina’s history”.
Tevez is expected to join the rest of the squad in Okinawa for preseason training after passing his medicals.
In a statement, Boca thanked and wished Tevez luck, adding that “No effort is too great to have you wearing our shirt again” and that he had left fans with “unforgettable memories”.
“We’ll work on bringing you back,” it added. “No effort is too great to have you wearing our shirt again.”
With President Xi Jinping laying out a vision of turning China into a football hub, Chinese clubs are now competing with European rivals for world-class players, who are opting for astronomical pay packets over the chance of a career in football’s top leagues.
Tevez, 32, has had an eventful career that has seen him play for Corinthians (Brazil), West Ham (England), Manchester United (England), Manchester City (England), Juventus (Italy) and Boca Juniors (Argentina).