The strange career of Carlos Tevez has taken another bizarre turn as he became the world’s best-paid player.
While you might think that honour would fall to the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or one of the lesser superstars like Luis Suarez or Antoine Griezmann, the former Premier League striker has, of course, agreed the astronomical deal in the Chinese Super League.
The 32-year-old may have enjoyed his best years in English football, but he’s clearly deemed worthy of £615,000 a week in the Far East. That exact figure is courtesy of the Mirror, but all sources seem to be in agreement that he’ll be picking up £77million from the two-year contract.
Ex-Corinthians, Carlos Tévez in 2010: "I don't want to play anymore, I'm tired of football. Football is just money and I don't like this." pic.twitter.com/UzesxUtX8v
— Sán (@Zizouology) December 29, 2016
(That quote is from a few years ago – obviously).
Fortunately, the forward is no stranger to controversy. At West Ham, he was at the centre of a row over third-party ownership, and his name became mud to Manchester United fans after he left for City.
The Argentinian no longer enjoys the level of celebrity to warrant anyone being that angry about his latest move, but it’s more perplexing than anything else.
Just when you thought Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar deal couldn’t get any more ludicrous, Shanghai Shenhua have just trumped them.