CARLOS TEVEZ SCORES IN CHINESE DEBUT
Argentine football legend Carlos Tevez was impressive in his Chinese Super League debut, scoring from the penalty spot before assisting two others in the 4-0 win over Jiangsu Suning on Sunday.
The former Manchester United, Man City and Juventus striker has started repaying the confidence in him from the get-go. Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua made him the world’s highest paid soccer star for a reason. The 33-year old player receives USD 40 million a year to play in Asia – effectively placing him above every other soccer player on the planet, including the two biggest stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Tevez was obvious in the victory over Jiangsu, a strong start for Gus Poyet’s men.
Jiangsu finished in second place last season, behind giants Guangzhou Evergrande. They have not started the year well with the result and their problems were compounded with the sending-off of star player Alex Teixeira in injury time.
Shenhua would be very pleased with the start particularly after the team was dispatched from the AFC Champions League last month. The Chinese Super League side were defeated 2-0 at home by Aussie’s Brisbane Roar. The fans were angered by the result, as it was on their home soil after spending so much on getting the best players.
“I don’t want to think too much about all the goals we scored. But it proves the ability we have, that we were able to overpower such a strong team like Jiangsu. Now we have proved ourselves I hope the fans can have renewed confidence in us,” Poyet said.
Tevez had sent the ball to ex-Columbian star Giovanni Moreno who converted in the 17th minute. Tevez scored a penalty in the 36th minute. Mao Jianqing scored the third in the 79th minute before Tevez setup Moreno for another goal.