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Fifa 19: Chinese Super League club Career Mode budgets bigger than English Premier League, La Liga and Serie A sides

Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande could even compete for Cristiano Ronaldo – if you’re willing to wait a season and save transfer war chest

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 September, 2018, 8:03am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 September, 2018, 8:02am

Fifa 19 is edging closer and with the game’s release less than two weeks away the leaks are increasing.

The latest information to be made public is the transfer budgets for clubs in the popular career mode and the Chinese Super League, which makes its series debut in Fifa 19, has been given the spending power that fans were hoping for.

The budgets for most leagues have been leaked in a video by YouTube user Defaltz and there is disappointment for the social media users who thought that the arrival of the Chinese Super League would mean the biggest budgets in the game.

While they are dwarfed by those of the top teams in the English Premier League led by Manchester City and Manchester United, at Italian champions Juventus and Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona the war chests are certainly not to be sniffed at.

Beijing Guoan have the largest transfer kitty with 62.1 million (US$72.1 million, HK$556.5 million), closely followed by Guanghzou Evergrande.

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Both of these are notably more than Italian clubs AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli and the lower end of the Premier League.

There might be some surprise that the once free-spending Shanghai SIPG, who bought Hulk for 55.8 million and Oscar for 60 million last season for what were Asia record fees, have a budget of just 24,000,000.

This is less than city rivals Shanghai Shenhua.

Interestingly, Chongqing Lifan have a larger budget than Vissel Kobe, the Japanese J.League side that beat them to Andre Iniesta’s signing in the summer.

That’s something you can rectify on the game.

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For those players who will take on the task of managing a Chinese Super League club in career mode, they might finally get to secure the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo, a player that has long been linked with a move to a Chinese club in the tabloid gossip columns.

YouTuber Tobiias took over Manchester United in Fifa 19 career mode with the intention of signing both Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

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Because the Portuguese forward has only just signed for Juventus he had to simulate a season but then he managed to lure him away from the Allianz Stadium and back to Old Trafford for £100 million, a figure that Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande could afford with a season of not spending.

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Chinese Super League club budgets (listed highest to lowest)

Beijing Guoan – 62,099,032

Guangzhou Evergrande – 54,452,472

Jiangsu Suning – 30,758,832

Shanghai Shenhua – 26,980,380

Shanghai SIPG – 24,000,000

Tianjin Quanjian – 23,859,396

Dalian Yifang – 22,500,360

Hebei China Fortune – 22,500,360

Tianjin Teda – 16,800,320

Shandong Luneng – 14,490,210

Henan Jianye – 14,083,163

Guizhou Zhicheng – 11,333,440

Chongqing Lifan – 9,618,838

Changchun Yatai – 5,333,380

Beijing Renhe – 3,252,703