Is Chinese money killing the modern game as we know it?

Is Chinese money killing the modern game as we know it?

Despite representing little more than a niche unknown entity among the wider global game but a few short years ago, the Chinese Super League is seemingly growing in stature and prestige with every passing season these days.

 

From recent big name acquisitions such as Oscar and Carlos Tevez, to the equally impressive likes of Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Gervinho and Hulk – Chinese money is clearly beginning to influence the modern game more than most ever expected. If financially backed teams from the Far East continue to splash the cash in the not too distant future, the European game as we know it could potentially come under threat.

 

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Oscar’s recent move from Chelsea to Shanghai has created a fair amount of discussion of late…

 

 

…a fair amount of discussion indeed…

 

 

The overall standard of the Chinese game simply doesn’t compare with that of Europe…

 

 

…but as the modern game has simply been all about money for quite some time…

 

 

…perhaps the recent rise of Chinese football shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise…

 

 

Whilst this supposedly newfound foreign investment in the ‘Beautiful Game’ really represents nothing particularly new…

 

 

…the once untouchable European elites may find themselves coming up against even more wealthy opposition sooner rather than later!