It seems that China is no longer a potential market for foreign players, especially Brazilian strikers who have naturalized in the country of billions of people, who simultaneously “escaped”.
Leading the naturalization movement for foreign soldiers is the Guangzhou Evergrande club, which, according to an official report, has spent more than 1 billion yuan to naturalize its foreign soldiers.
Brazilian players accept a pay cut to leave China
Aloísio accepts record low salary to leave China
Aloísio’s name when naturalized in China is Luo Guofu. Brazilian media reported that he took a private plane to check his fitness at the new club – Mineiro Americas. After a perfect fitness test report, the player who played for the past 8 years in the Chinese Super League has officially signed a contract with the Brazilian club.
At the new team, Luo Guofu only received a salary of 800,000 euros per year, the figure is about 5.6 million yuan. This means that the player born in 1988 must accept a salary reduction of up to 86% compared to what he received in China.
Within 8 seasons of playing in China, the official salary on paper that this Brazilian player earns is 200 million yuan (about 30 million USD), plus bonuses, tips and some allowances. With additional grants, Luo Guofu can earn up to 400 million yuan (approximately 60 million USD). This is quite a terrible number for a Brazilian player playing in Asia.
According to statistics, there was a time when players chose to play for the Chinese team because of the huge salaries that this country had to spend on football. Reality quickly turned around since China suffered a disaster from the Covid-19 pandemic. A serious outbreak has severely affected the global economy, taking the lives of many innocent people.
The naturalization policy to strengthen the Chinese team has failed. Recently, Alan Carvalho is the last name of the 5 naturalized faces who have returned to their “origin” in Brazil. The former Salzburg player will play for Fluminense in the second half of the Samba league season, the tournament has already taken place for most of the first leg.
Notably, the old team Guangzhou Evergrande (or now Guangzhou FC) will not receive any transfer money from this player. Alan Carvalho joined the Guangzhou regional club for 11 million euros in 2015, and was naturalized four years later as A Lan.
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Poor performance of the Chinese team
Alan Carvalho is in the group of 5 naturalized players and plays for the Chinese team. Besides that, there are other players: Aloisio, Elkeson, Ricardo Goulart and Fernando Henrique. In this group of “Brazilian Chinese” players, only Fernando Henrique has never played for the Chinese team because of “evading”.
The remaining players: Alan, Aloisio, Elkeson and Goulart all have at least 3 runs on the pitch. The last time was the defeat to the Vietnamese team with a score of 1-3 in the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup.
The abuse of “foreign soldiers” makes the path to play for the national team of young Chinese players without much hope. At the same time, the “struggling” of the naturalized players also made the team lack unity and determination. Internal conflict has become the biggest barrier for Brazilian rookies to bring out all their inherent abilities on the pitch.
This is not only the main cause of the team’s failure, but also puts the future of Chinese football into a stalemate.
By this time, all 5 players are no longer in China, they appear in Brazil in turn. In addition to Alan, who recently joined Fluminense, Aloisio plays for America-MG, Elkeson plays for Gremio, Goulart returns to Santos and Fernando Henrique is currently training at a second-tier Samba club to wait for a new contract to be signed.
The “escape” of Brazilian-born players from China was partly because of frustration at the country’s strict epidemic prevention when COVID-19 broke out into a global pandemic. Besides, the teams are also in crisis because of a lack of budget. Finally, put an end to China’s “foreignization” policy.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Super League will face a serious crisis. The teams proved powerless to keep the naturalized players. In the future, perhaps the Chinese Super League will be absent from quality foreign players.
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