As we know, Europe and South America are world’s continents that have the best stock of talented and highly skilled football players. From those parts of the world, we have seen the utmost talents from European and South American football players that mostly spread all-over the leading European leagues. Top five leading European leagues include English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, as well as French Ligue 1. Those players play in the teams from those five leagues not only because those leagues are the greatest, most entertaining leagues, but also they are paid well in those leagues. They can also explore their experiences while playing in those five leagues.
There are many football players to start exploring their experiences through the intense competition of European leagues, and if they have had enough, in their more mature age they commonly will move to certain leagues which competition is not as intense as European league. Major League Soccer and Chinese Super League become two of the most liked leagues for famous football players to move when they want to spread their wings all over the world.
Famous Football Players in Major League Soccer
American dream seems to be popular in football world too. In these recent 10 years, it seems that every year, there will be always a popular football player playing in European leagues that moves to Major League Soccer, America’s most popular football league, or like what Americans like to put it, soccer league.
One of the most popular moves from European leagues to Major League Soccer was probably David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Beckham, one of the most iconic English football player, moved from the Spanish giant Real Madrid at the moment, and his decision to play far away from Europe was influential. There are a number of famous English players moving to Major League Soccer in the following years.
In 2013, Bradley Wright-Phillips moved from Arsenal to New York Red Bulls. Two of the greatest English midfielders in history also moved to Major League Soccer in 2015. After 13 years of a spectacular career as Chelsea FC’s legendary playmaker, Frank Lampard moved to New York City FC. Later in the same year, Steven Gerrard also spread his wings to Los Angeles Galaxy after a highly praised career as Liverpool FC’s most loved son.
David Villa, who shined with Barcelona in La Liga, moved to New York City FC in 2014, and without had to take so long, he was presented with an award as The Best MLS Player of 2016. The other great names of MLS players previously played in European top five leagues include Kaka (from AC Milan to Orlando City in 2014), Thierry Henry (from Barcelona to New York Red Bulls in 2010), and Robbie Keane (from Tottenham Hotspur to Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011).
Famous Football Players in Chinese Super League
China, which is in the competition with United States of America in the business area, had also become famous football players’ destination in these recent years. Owners of Chinese football clubs has been brave to spend big money on famous European league players. Even though the Chinese Super League itself is not really popular for worldwide football fans, many famous players are still captivated by the big money offered to them to play in the league. judi online
Foreign players in Chinese Super League are dominated by Brazilian players. There are five top Brazilian players that now are still playing for their Chinese clubs. Renato Augusto plays for Beijing Guoan after moving from Corinthians in 2016. Alexandre Pato, who was a star in AC Milan, plays for Tianjin Quanjian after moving from Villareal. Hulk, the second most expensive Chinese Super League player (47 million euro), moved to Shanghai SIPG in 2016 after he played four brilliant seasons for Zenith Saint Petersburg.
However, two of the most shocking moves to Chinese Super League were the two Brazilian who were also Chelsea FC teammates, Ramires and Oscar. They both moved in 2016, and were so popular in Chinese Super League. Ramires was a great effect for Jiangsu Suning since he could take them into the runner-up position in 2016. Oscar made a record as the most expensive Chinese Super League transfer ever. Bought from Chelsea in 2016, he moved to Shanghai SIPG with the price of 51 million euro.
Other names of famous players playing in Chinese Super League include the players from various countries. Alex Witsel, a Belgian youngster previously played for Zenith Saint Petersburg, moved to Tianjin Quanjian recently. Carlos Tevez in 2016 moved from Boca Juniors to Shanghai Shenhua, to try his luck in Asian region. Gervinho, John Obi Mikel, and Odion Ighalo become the African famous players to play in Chinese Super League.
Either to spend the rest of their career or just to play in a league with less intense competition rush, those players have one thing to sure: they want to spread their wings exploring places they have never been played before that are still convincing for them to survive. United States of America and China are the best places for these players to have a convincing career of football except Europe.
Fresher atmosphere has to be something these players also needed. The pressure of European leagues that are both exhausting and stressing might be one of the reasons they moved to America and Asia. They surely will survive since the experiences they got from European leagues are highly qualified or they will be shocked with the differences in the playing atmosphere that they have to adapt to the league firstly. Chances are that they will be many European league players to move to America or Asian in the future, and it is not impossible for those leagues to also be as popular as European leagues. All in all, what we need to do now is to wait and see how many more of our favorite players moving to clubs from United States and China.