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Before Dembele: How other Superstars fared in the Chinese League

Before Dembele: How other Superstars fared in the Chinese League

17 Jan 2019, 13:05

Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele is the latest star to be introduced into the Chinese Super League after the former Fulham midfielder completed a move to Guangzhou R and F, ending a seven-and-a-half-year stay at Tottenham.

But before Dembele, we had the likes of Carlos Tevez, Hulk, Oscar and Ezequiel Lavezzi who joined the league but how did they fare?

Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua)

Although probably the biggest name to join the CSL, Tevez's time in China was far from settled. The striker later described a 2017 spell at Shanghai Shenhua as a "holiday" and he returned to boyhood club Boca Juniors after a season in which he managed only four CSL goals.

Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)

Moved from Chelsea to join Shanghai SIPG for the 2017 season. Oscar's performance levels have been good in Shanghai, but the most notable moment of his time at SIPG was when he was handed an eight-match ban and a $5,000 fine for blasting the ball at an opponent, sparking a mass brawl in a game Guangzhou R and F.

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China Fortune)

A reasonable success on the pitch, Lavezzi has been embroiled in a controversy of it in the CSL. The Hebei China Fortune striker - who has hit 32 CSL goals in 63 appearances - apologized after a picture of him appearing to mimic Chinese facial characteristics went viral. Much like Oscar, his international career has all but ended since moving to China.

Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)

Joining Dalian in a double swoop that also saw Nico Gaitan make the exact same transfer, Carrasco caught people by surprise when he left Atletico Madrid in 2018. Having previously looked a potential superstar in Spain, this was seen as a massive get for the CSL, given his age, reputation and ability, even if his third campaign in LaLiga was unimpressive. The 25-year-old has not set the world alight in China but remains well-regarded in Europe, with Arsenal reportedly interested.

Others to have joined the league are, Jackson Martinez (Guangzhou Evergrande), Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning),

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