Argentina international, Carlos Tevez, has joined Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC, the Chinese Super League side Obafemi Martins plays for in a deal reportedly worth £71.6m and a salary of around £615,000 per week making him the highest paid footballer in the world.
According to a Guardian report, Shanghai Shenhua confirmed the signing of the Argentina striker from his boyhood club Boca Juniors on Thursday.
“Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atletico Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tevez is officially joined Shanghai Shenhua,” the club said in a statement on their website.
That hefty price tag would make Tevez the world’s sixth most expensive player, behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín and Neymar.
The 32-year-old is the second big-money arrival in China’s biggest city in less than a week after the Brazilian midfielder Oscar joined local rivals Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth £52m.
Apart from Obafemi Martins, other high profile internationals in the team are the Senegalese striker Demba Ba and the Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarín.
Boca Juniors offered Tevez their best wishes in a statement announcing his departure, which included the message: “Good luck Carlitos. You will always be in our hearts.”
Shanghai Shenhua, who appointed Gus Poyet as manager last month, finished fourth in the 2016 Chinese Super League, which ran from March to the end of October, 16 points behind champions Guangzhou Evergrande.