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“What a fucking waste” – Jiangsu ultras mock Evergrande riches

Saturday night’s table-topping game-of-the season between Jiangsu Sainty and Guangzhou Evergrande was remarkable in many ways, and not only for the huge 65,000 sell-out crowd or a goal after just seven seconds. The two clubs fighting it out for this year’s CSL title are operating on vastly different budgets – a fact not lost on the fans of Nanjing-based Sainty.

Guangzhou Evergrande have spent untold riches on capturing the CSL title last year and retaining it this year, splashing out millions on award-winning big names such as Dario Conca and Lucas Barrios. Jiangsu Sainty are polar opposites, carefully adding to a solid domestic squad with hitherto unknown but talented enough to succeed in China foreigners such as Cristian Dănălache. However despite the financial chasm between the clubs, Evergrande are just three points ahead of their Nanjing rivals in the CSL race.

Sainty fan group the Jiangsu Radical Ultras aka JRU decided to rub it in with a massive banner unveiled at the match (pictured above.) The numbers 10 and 38 refer to Sainty forwards Cristian Dănălache and Aleksandar Jevtić, $100 m an approximation of their wage deal and transfer fee. Below the numbers 18, 15 and 11 refer to Guangzhou’s attacking force of Lucas Barrios, Dario Conca and Muriqui, with $2,150M an approximation of their value.

Their respective goal tallies speak for themselves.

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