The Chinese Super League is the most skewed sports league in the world when it comes to wage distribution.
According to the seventh Global Spots Salaries Survey, the Chinese Super League’s top 10% claim more than 81% of the total earnings of the league. Hulk, Graziano Pelle, Ramires and Jackson Martinez are among the big names constituting the list.
America’s Major League Soccer is second when it comes to skewness of wage distrubution. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner Kaka is the highest earner in the league followed by other top veteran stars such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
The Chinese Super League outgunned other European leagues at the start of 2016 by signing marquee players, offering huge salary deals in relatively small tenure of the contracts.
Xi Jinping, the country’s paramount leader, who has stated that he wants China to be a “world football superpower” and has mandated the establishment of 20,000 dedicated training centers by 2020.
Luis Suarez who was the winner of 2015-16 Europe’s Golden Shoe award earns lesser than the Chinese Super League stars.
Wang Jainlin is the richest man in China and owns a 20% stake in Atletico Madrid through his Dalian Wanda group which is a leading commercial partner of FIFA body.
West Bromwich Albion, Wolves, Espanyol, Granada and Inter Milan are all Chinese owned clubs. Thus, China is keen to spread its footballing market in the world as huge investors are making their mark in top football leagues in the world.