Many were shell-shocked when Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka left England to ply their trade in China, but as financial incentives increase more and more, players are making the move. Below are some well-known names that are currently found in China.
Yakubu â€“ Guangzhou R&F
The big Nigerian forward is well known in England among Premier League betting fans having played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester and Blackburn, scoring 112 goals in 277 games. The forwardâ€™s move to China has been very successful, scoring 24 goals in 43 games and he is reportedly earning $7.85million a year.
Zvjezdan MisimoviÄ‡ â€“ Guizhou Renhe
The attacking midfielder made his name in Germany playing for Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg and is the most capped Bosnian player of all-time. After failing to impress in Russia he made the move to China, where he has been key in helping his side to the semi-finals of the China FA Cup. Titan Bet price them as favourites in the best football odds to make it to the final.
Vagner Love â€“ Shandong Luneng
The flamboyant Brazilian striker spent most of his career at CSKA Moscow where he scored 85 goals in 168 games before moving to China this summer. Love has hit the ground running, scoring five goals in eight games which is the least you can expect when he is paid â‚¬12million a year.
Seydou Keita â€“ Dalian Aerbin
Kieta has had a trophy-laden career; the former Barcelona man has two Champions League medals and three La Liga medals to his name. The Malian left the Nou Camp for the Jinzhou Stadium last summer and with a reported salary of â‚¬14million it isnâ€™t hard to see why.
Marcello Lippi â€“ Guangzhou Evergrande
Despite not being a player, Lippi deserves to be in this list due to his managerial exploits. The Italian has won Serie A five times, the Champions League once and even the World Cup. Lippi has a two-and-a-half-year deal worth â‚¬30million and he has led his side to the Chinese Super League title.