Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo: AP
Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo: AP

Fifa World Cup shows lure of Chinese Super League is long gone with just two players at Qatar 2022

  • Stark contrast to 2018 when country’s spending power ensured prominent presence on the game’s greatest stage
  • Beijing’s zero-Covid approach is partly to blame, with schedule constantly disrupted and many clubs experiencing financial problems

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo: AP
Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo: AP
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