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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

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused 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 blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.



  1. Rovertlamb

    04/07/2012 at 23:15

    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

      05/07/2012 at 00:20

      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.

      • Rovertlamb

        05/07/2012 at 17:32

        Speak of the devil, yesterday Muriqui signed a new contract putting him over $2 million a year.

        • Damian Jones

          05/07/2012 at 18:21

          Muruiqui’s salary is well deserved (compared to some on the list).

  2. Yiddo Huayi

    05/07/2012 at 08:21

    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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