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As we say adios and good-bye to 2016, the year has been nothing short of an exhilarating ride in the world of football. From Pogba's world-record signing only to be beaten most recently by...
Former Brazil international midfielder Ralf has expressed a desire to extend his contract with Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan.
Imported stars signed for large transfer fees and paid hugely inflated wages; high hopes of success for domestic clubs competing in international competitions; stories about massive television contracts being signed that will revolutionise the game; and concerns about the perpetually under-performing national team and where it goes next.
The latest Chinese effort to upset the apple cart does show progress. Historic attempts to uproot foreign stars and plant a competitive footballing environment in China have largely failed because of a barren grassroots environment.
Jiangsu Suning got some paid off as record signing Alex Teixeira scored his first goal with the club to help them beat Jeonbuk Motors 3-2 in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.