Who Are the Highest Paid Soccer Players in China?

According to specialized website Finance Football, Brazilian player Oscar is the highest paid soccer player in China this year.

Brazilian forward earns more than €20 million a year at Shanghai SIPG. The Brazilian star is on the top of the ranking “Top Highest Paid Football Players in China 2020”, earning €450,000 on a weekly basis.

Playing for Beijing Guoan since 2018, Bakambu’s salary is about €375,000 per week. The Congolose striker is on the second place on the ranking, with an annual salary of about €18 million.

After Bakambu, another Brazilian striker: Hulk. His wage on Shanghai SIPG is about €320,000 per week, or more than €15 million, that made him the third best paid in the Chinese Super League.

Finance Football says that the Chinese Super League imposed salaries cap for players since de beginning of the year, in order to control clubs finances.

Chinese clubs aren’t allowed to pay more than €2,3 million a year on foreign signings. Chinese signings will also have a salary cap and clubs will reportedly have a total salary cap of around €90 million.

The move will redraw clubs’ transfer policies and spending. “Our clubs had too much money burned and our professional football has not been run in a sustainable way”, said CFA chairman Chen Xuyuan. “If we don’t take the appropriate measures, I’m scared it will collapse”.

There are 6 Brazilian players on the top: besides Oscar and Hulk, Paulinho (weekly salary of €270,000/Guangzhou Evergrande), Alex Teixeira (€210,000/Jiangsu Suning), Elkeson (€210,000/Guangzhou Evergrande) and Talisca (€180,000/Guangzhou Evergrande) also appear on the top of the list.

From Italy, one can find 3 players that found the “El Dourado” in China before their retirement: Graziano Pelle (€290,000/Shandong Luneng), Stephan El Shaarawy (€290,000/Shanghai Shenhua) and Eder (€250,000/Jiangsu Suning).

Belgium (Felaini and Dembele), Austria (Arnautovic), Slovakia (Hamsik), Venezuela (Rondón) are amongst the countries in the list of biggest salaries in the Chinese Super League. But this is about to change.

Top Wages in Chinese Super League

Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) 400 000,0 €
Bakambu (Beijing Guoan) 375 000,0 €
Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) 320 000,0 €
Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) 290 000,0 €
Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua) 290 000,0 €
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) 270 000,0 €
Eder (Jiangsu Suning) 250 000,0 €
Felaini (Shandong Luneng) 240 000,0 €
Arnautovic (Shangai SIPG) 230 000,0 €
Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning) 210 000,0 €
Elkeson (Guangzhou Evergrande) 210 000,0 €
Talisca (Guangzhou Evergrande) 180 000,0 €
Marek Hamsik (Dalian Yifang) 172 000,0 €
Salomón Rondón (Dalian Yifang) 170 000,0 €
Moussa Dembele (Guangzhou R&F) 150 000,0 €

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