GERVINHO has revealed he earns a staggering £130,000 goal bonus and a £50,000 appearance fee in the Chinese Super League.
The sensational numbers bandied about show just why so many players at the top of their game are flocking to the Far East.
Carlos Tevez joined Shanghai Shenhua and put pen-to-paper on a deal so good, it made him forget all his prior morals about the dangerous influence money is having on the game.
The former Manchester United and Man City ace’s contract is worth £615,000-a-week — making him the highest-paid player in the world.
While, Oscar, abandoned the chance to win a second Premier League title with Chelsea to join Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.
But, as former Arsenal man, Gervinho, who earns around £165,000-a-week, explains — it’s not just the basic wage which is absolutely mind-blowing.
The Ivorian left Roma to join Hebei China Fortune in March, and revealed: “I earn just under £130,000 net just for scoring.
“And, on top of that, I get around £50,000 for every match I play.
“In Europe, it is inconceivable — even at Real Madrid.”
While it is unlikely the world’s elite stars, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, would ever pack up and move to China at the peak of their careers, it is clear that just a season in the Far East would set a player up financially for the rest of his life.
Having beaten off competition from Premier League sides to sign the likes of Alex Teixeira and Ezequiel Lavezzi, clubs in the Chinese Super League are now targeting B-list players at A-list clubs.
Angel Di Maria has fallen out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain and Arda Turan knows he will never establish himself as a first-team player at Barcelona while Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are around.
So both must find their mega-money offers from China rather tempting.