Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP
Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP

How China became a player in the world of soccer

As big money lures star players east, cash transfers off the pitch go in the other direction – with some of Europe’s biggest clubs attracting the attention of Chinese buyers

Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP
Brazilian football player Oscar receives flowers as he arrives at Shanghai airport on January 2. Photo: AFP
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