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The CSL’s Top 15 Salaries

Sohu, one of the main Chinese Internet portals, recently released a list of the top 15 highest salaries in the Chinese Super League. A lot of what you see is to be expected, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua are well represented. The list includes coaches and players and so it’s interesting to see four managers on the list, especially since two of the clubs lack a player on it and another only has one. More than anything it serves as a sign of the money to be earned by going  east (or as is the case for a number of players on the list who came from South America, going west).

Player Club Salary (in millions)
1 Drogba Shenhua $15.19
2 Anelka Shenhua $15.19
3 Lippi Evergrande (m) $12.66
4 Barrios Evergrande $8.23
5 Yakubu R&F $7.85
6 Conca Evergrande $7
7 Moises Shenhua $3.50
8 Moreno Shenhua $3
9 Okada Greentown (m) $2.36
10 Pacheco Guoan (m) $2.20
11 David R&F $2
12 Kanoute Guoan $2
13 Vingada Shide (m) $2
14 Jevtic Sainty $1.50
15 Cleo Evergrande $1.50

*(m) denoted

Author: bcheng

WEF is greatly honoured to have aboard B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese bloggersphere.

Cheng has been the other lonely soul blogging in English about Chinese football over the last few years. With both Cheng and WEF’s editor linking back and forth to each others’ sites on a regular basis, it was probably inevitable that they would eventually join forces to try to illuminate and decipher the curious world of Chinese football, with their combined musings.

Cheng’s credentials are second to none – his blog focuses not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese bloggersphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. Cheng very generously decided to climb aboard and give WEF his views on the issue of the Chinese footballing day.

Comments
5 Responses to “The CSL’s Top 15 Salaries”
  1. Rovertlamb says:

    Top spot makes X10 of the 15th spot…no wonder the CSL is lonely at the top.

    Also where is the 2011 CSL MVP Muriqui?

    • bcheng says:

      The best stat I’ve heard which shows the huge salary gap is that Lippi makes 80 times more than last year’s CSL Manager of the Year Ma Lin. I know the transfer fee for Muriqui was around $3 million, but I guess his salary is less, probably in the top 20 somewhere between $1 and $1.5 million, though that may have changed since he re-upped his contract today.

  2. Yiddo Huayi says:

    Flippin ‘eck. I’m betting that the Ivory Coast will be awash with schools and hospitals after a couple of years.

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