Drogba And Anelka Aren’t Getting Paid By Chinese Club

Drogba And Anelka Aren’t Getting Paid By Chinese Club
Sports
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Shenhua Shanghai, the Chinese Super League club that made the game-changing move to sign ex-Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, is facing a player insurrection over unpaid wages.

The players, Anelka included, boycotted practice on Monday and could skip the club’s next match if the money owed to them isn’t paid. You can’t help but wonder if everyone else would get paid if it wasn’t for those pesky aging stars. Ahem.

Not that Nico and Drogs can’t still contribute. Drogba is in high demand, apparently, having been linked to defending Super League champion Guangzhou Evergrande (I will never get tired of that name). Guangzhou’s manager, Marcelo Lippi (yes, that Marcelo Lippi) has denied the rumor, even while the man attempted to take control of Shenhua Shanghai, Zhu Jun, tweeted (well, it’s not tweeting—it’s the Chinese equivalent, so weibo…d) that Guangzhou is actively bidding for Drogba. Considering the money crunch in Shanghai, maybe overloading the Ivorian would be a good idea.

“I know nothing about Didier Drogba’s move, I have never contact him myself or via somebody since I took charge of Guangzhou Evergrande,” Lippi told Xinhua after Guangzhou’s training session on Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t know how it comes, I am satisfied with my forwards. We already have Lucas (Barrios), Muriqui, Cleo and Gao Lin, we don’t need another Drogba,” the 64-year old Italian said.

On top of that whole Nico as player/manager nonsense and ongoing match-fixing issues of various severity, all of this is pretty boring. Clubs don’t pay their players all the time, unfortunately. It’s just that Chinese soccer is supposed to be taking over the world, and bickering billionaires aren’t going to make that happen if they’re bickering.

Chinese soccer’s massive potential is why IMG just signed a 10-year marketing deal with the Super League.

Also, a new generation of Chinese billionaires has taken over the 16-team Chinese Super League and has begun to import some of the biggest stars in the world. Last year Argentinean player Dario Conca, one of the top players in the Brazilian league, joined Guangzhou Evergrande, and French star Nicolas Anelka joined Shanghai Shenhua. Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba this year also joined the Shanghai club, just weeks after helping Chelsea win the European Football Championship.

Mr. Drogba’s move signaled China’s emergence as a growing force in international soccer.

“The Drogba signing was transformational,” said Jefferson Slack, IMG’s senior vice president for business development. The league already has modern stadiums, where the average attendance is about 20,000, he said. “A lot of the really hard work has been done.”

Maybe IMG can help transform Shanghai Shenhua into a team that pays their players. Good place to start, no?

via KCKRS | Elite.

Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In Sports

Sports Julian Sonny

If WWE Raw Were A Sitcom, This Would Be The Perfect Intro (Video)

We already know that professional wrestling is the greatest soap opera on television, but what if matches actually had the cheesy sitcom intros? The WWE did a brilliant job of creating one for Monday Night Raw and it’s surprisingly perfect. With John Cena and AJ Lee as stars, this would probably be a show worth […]

Sports Marco Cerino

Richard Sherman And Patrick Peterson Wage War Over Cornerback Supremacy

This past weekend, the Arizona Cardinals made cornerback Patrick Peterson the highest-paid NFL player of his position. The five-year, $70 million extension barely eclipsed the annual money given to divisional rival Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. These two have strong careers and are perhaps the best corners in the league — and they know it. […]

Sports Julian Sonny

TBT: When Going Across The Middle In The NFL Was Suicide (Video)

Being a wide receiver in the National Football League during the 90s required only one thing: balls of steel. Sure, strong hands, precise route running and a big physical body helped, but when it came to crossing over the middle, you could expect a big collision every single time. Rule changes have since protected offensive players […]

Also On Elite

News

Oh, Corporate America: American Apparel Hires Back Scumbag CEO As ‘Strategic Consultant’

For all those who were happy to see Dov Charney expelled from American Apparel after countless claims of sexual harassment, creepy overly-sexualized ads and bizarre behavior, brace yourselves: he’s back. After the American Apparel Board of Directors finally fired Charney for being a total liability to the company and downgrading its brand, they inexplicably decided […]