The strange signing of Dong Fangzhou, pictured scoring at Hong Kong Stadium in preseason in 2005, was an augur of the future for Manchester United – and the rest of the world’s biggest clubs. Photo: EPA

From Manchester United to Messi, everyone’s playing the same money game in China – but who’s winning?

Manchester United kicked off the race to rake in the Chinese cash and now all of European football’s heavyweight clubs are trying to muscle their way in

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The strange signing of Dong Fangzhou, pictured scoring at Hong Kong Stadium in preseason in 2005, was an augur of the future for Manchester United – and the rest of the world’s biggest clubs. Photo: EPA
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Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Jonathan White joined the Post in 2017 after a decade reporting on sport from China. He originally moved to Beijing to coach football in 2007 and later spent two years in Shanghai.