Hulk has set another record. No, not most punchable face or dumbest name – he been had those records. Now he’s the priciest player to play in an Asian league.
Hulk has become the most expensive signing ever in the Chinese Super League after Shanghai SIPG paid $62 million dollars to Zenit St. Petersburg to acquire his rights, breaking the previous record of $56 million that Jiangsu Suning paid for fellow Brazilian Alex Texiera earlier this year.
The 29-year-old forward has had an interesting club career.
He turned pro in 2004 and spent one year in the Brazilian top division. From 2005-2008 he bounced around Japan, playing for four teams before landing at Porto in Portugal in 2008. He spent five years there and then moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.
And now he’s in China.
Not a typical trajectory, but a lucrative one to be sure. Get that money, Hulk.
In Shanghai, he’ll join former Sunderland man Asamoah Gyan, best known for his infamous penalty kick miss in the 2010 World Cup.
The Chinese Super League has been rapidly improving over the past year, courtesy of mega-rich owners throwing around stupid amounts of money to lure top players to an embryonic league.
Tough to see how you could justify spending $62 million on Hulk, but I ain’t pocket watchin’.
Do you, Chinese Super League.