Chinese football is 50 years behind world's top leagues

Argentina international Carlos Tevez has claimed that the Chinese Super League is way off the standards of the top football leagues in the world.


The former Juventus man signed for Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016 on a two-year deal worth £650,000 per week.

Despite the huge sums on offer, Tevez has not had a fond time on the playing field with injuries and the lack of fitness restricting him to just half of the club's league games. Speaking to French broadcaster SFR Sport, he said: "In South America and Europe, players learn to play football when they're kids, but not here. So technically they are not very good. Their football is very different. The fans treat it very differently as well. And I don't think they are going to get to the same heights, not even in 50 years,"

Shanghai Shenhua reject Carlos Tevez reserve talk

Shanghai Shenhua chairman Wu Xiaohui have reportedly knocked back suggestions that Carlos Tevez has been excluded from first-team duties.


However, the club chief has challenged the Argentine to show the real stuff following his slow start to his Chinese Super League career.

Wu said: "Quite the contrary, head coach Wu Jingui and team leader Mao Yijun have shown great concern for him and the communication between them is very smooth. We are not making excuses for Tevez, the club just want to clarify that he hasn't abandoned himself like some foreign media have claimed. He should have realised that he will not be picked in the starting line-up purely on reputation. We have five healthy foreign players -- if he wants to be one of the three who are eligible to play, he's got to show the real stuff."

Boca Juniors return very difficult - Carlos Tevez

Argentina international Carlos Tevez has admitted the possibility of returning to Boca Juniors is 'very difficult' ahead of his return to Shanghai Shenhua for the next round of fixtures.


The 33-year-old ended his second stint with Boca in December 2016 after he was offered a two-year contract with the Chinese Super League club.

Tevez had spent the past fortnight with his hometown club in Argentina after he gave in a written agreement to Shenhua that he would return to the club at the end of the month. The Argentine was given permission to recover from his minor calf injury, and he took time to visit La Bombonera over the weekend where he watched Boca beat Olimpo in the Superliga opener.

What can Tevez Learn from Eran Zahavi?

While Carlos Tevez remains one of the highest-paid players in the Chinese Super League, the Argentine striker has yet to make a significant impact on the scoring charts.

Since moving to Shanghai Shenhua earlier this year, the player has claimed that he and his family feel settled and comfortable off the pitch. But it is on the pitch where his employers are hoping that he will soon learn to feel at home as they seek some return for his eye-watering £634,000-a-week salary.

Neymar wants PSG move to improve Ballon d'Or chances

Former Barcelona attacker Neymar reportedly pushed for a move to Paris Saint-Germain with the ambition of lifting the Ballon d'Or title in the future. The Brazil international has played second fiddle to the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in his time at Camp Nou, and he is now eyeing a move to a fresh club where he would have better chances of becoming the main orchestrator in the attack, The Sun claims.

Neymar is third favourite for the Fifa Ballon D'Or this season

ARGENTINA NEED MORE CONSISTENCY

Carlos Tevez was not alone in wanting his teammates to play better in order to qualify for the next World Cup, with Lionel Messi also insiting the Bianco-celeste up their game - the team that finished runners-up in the last tournament is now in danger of missing the next World Cup in Russia.

Messi admitted that it has been a disappointing qualifying campaign so far and that the team has not been consistent at all - there had been some good performance here and there, but it is unfortunate that they could not replicate that consistently.

Foreign recruits spoiling the reputation of the Chinese Super League

The likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar have earned the bad-name tag in the Chinese Super League following their recent actions on and off the field.


Oscar, who joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in January, has received a eight-game suspension in the Chinese top flight after he involved himself in a brawl in the 1-1 draw against Guangzhou R&F. Alongside Oscar, teammate Hulk and manager Andre Villas-Boas have also been suspended for two games for protesting over Oscar’s ban.

Carlos Tevez is uncertain about his long-term future

On December 29 of 2016, Carlos Teveze became one of the highest paid footballers as he signed with Shanghai Shenhua in a contract that would allow the Argentine player to earn an annual salary of $41 million.


Carlos Tevez penned a 2 year long deal with Shanghai Shenhua which means that he will be performing with the Chinese club until December of 2018 but in a recent interview, Tevez stated that his future is actually unclear and that he does not know what he is going to do at the end of the year.

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