There are some footballers who recent years have gone to the Chinese Super League to a priori finish a race gold plated. However, some of them they returned to football at the highest level after passing by and showed that they had not yet lost their place:
The Belgian stood out at Atlético de Madrid, a team with which he was proclaimed runner-up in the Champions League and League and champion of the Europa League. After three seasons there he went to the Chinese Dalian Professional, but there he was not happy. In January 2020, Simeone ‘rescued’ him back for Atlético and he is still a very important player for the rojiblancos.
Left Corinthians, he made the leap to Europe with Tottenham before moving to Guangzhou Evergrande. From there he surprised his signing for Barcelona in 2017, in exchange for 40 million euros. He had a good year in which he played 40 games, scored 9 goals and played the 2018 World Cup with Brazil. At the end of the season he went back to Guangzhou.
Tevez’s career has been very long and he has gone through a large number of great clubs, such as Juventus, United, City or Boca, where he came from. In 2017 he tried his luck at the Shanghai Shenhua. A year later he returned to his ‘home’, to Boca, where he is still struggling with the last years of his career
The Ivorian is an irregular player, but one of undeniable talent. It exploded in Arsenal and reached its best level in Rome. After passing through the giallorossi, he went to the Chinese Herbei Fortune. In 2018 he returned to Italian football with Parma, where he continues today.
The same was not so well known before. At the age of 26, Gudelj left Ajax to try his luck in China, led by Teda. Then he went to Guangzhou and in 2018 he returned to Europe with Sporting de Portugal. A year later he was signed by Sevilla and he is still an important player on the Seville team, with whom he won the Europa League last summer.