When Manchester City signed Carlos Tevez in 2009 on £250,000-per-week wages, there was quite a stir as he became the highest paid footballer in England at the time.
Tevez joined City in a controversial move after a successful spell with neighbours Manchester United, the newly rich Blues splashing out fortunes to buy him from his third-party owners. And one could say the investment paid off, as Tevez raised the profile of the club, helping to attract more stars, and leading to the success that has come since.
Tevez left City for Juventus in 2009 and would often talk about hating the money side of football and wanting to return to Argentina to end his career at his beloved Boca Juniors.
True to his word, Tevez did return to Boca in 2015, but his journey did not end there.
The 32-year-old has today followed the money trail again, heading to the Chinese Super League where he’ll join Gus Poyet’s Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, who boast the likes of Fredy Guarín, Demba Ba and Obafemi Martins in their squad.
But the real talking point is how much Tevez will be earning in China. It is reported that he will now be the world’s best paid footballer, earning somewhere in the region of £650,000-per-week. That’s 2.6 times the amount he was making at City in his prime!
Fair play to Carlos Tevez, who is going to become an even wealthier man. Munich-gate aside, Manchester City fans will always fondly remember his breathless displays and 73 goals in 148 games. Good luck in China, Carlitos!