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Could a Chinese Super League XI beat their European counterparts?

It’s time for the world to stand up and take note of what’s going on with Chinese football.

This time last year several Super League sides made shockwaves with truly eye-popping deals for a number of reputable stars from the Premier League and other major European leagues.

And the trend has continued so far this year.

In the space of the last two weeks, the likes of Oscar, Carlos Tevez and Axel Witsel have completed ludicrously pricey moves to the Far East, following in the footsteps of Hulk and Ramires before them.

The deals for Oscar and Witsel have caused the biggest uproar among more traditional Western fans, with both seemingly in their prime compared with the other signings.

It means there’s now a plethora of high-profile players playing in China and the list is only increasing.

But how would a Chinese Super League XI – consisting of the best players in the division – look?

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Here’s what we’ve come up with:

Goalkeeper: Zeng Cheng (Guangzhou Evergrande)

China has imposed a bizarre rule that prohibits their teams from signing foreign goalkeepers in a bid to boost the growth of homegrown talent. Zeng is the best of that bunch.

Defenders: Yangyang Jin (Hebei Fortune), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jinhao Bai (Shanghai Shenhua)

Foreign defenders are also a rare commodity in the Far East, with former Brazil international Gil the biggest name.

He has 10 caps for the Selecao after making a name for himself with the likes of Cruzeiro and Corinthians.

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Midfielders: Hulk (Shanghai SIPG), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Ramires (Jiangsu Suning), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune)

Now we get to the juicy bit. Hulk’s mammoth move last summer was the third biggest transfer of 2016 while Lavezzi was reportedly the highest paid player in the world for a while.

Witsel and Ramires are both brilliant box to box midfielders, capable of excelling in both directions.

The former’s move to China is a big loss for major European sides like Juventus and Everton who coveted him for some time.

LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Axel Witsel of Belgium gestures action during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Forwards: Oscar (Shanghai SIPG), Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning), Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua)

The South American synergy continues. Oscar and Alex Teixeira are still very much in their prime and both capable of still doing damage at international level, while Tevez’s goalscoring nous hasn’t faded at all down the years.

They would cause any defence in the world problems.

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