Early in February, the Chinese Super League (Chinese soccer league) shocked the soccer world by signing Jackson Martinez — a striker on Atletico Madrid, one of the world’s biggest clubs.
It shocked the world so much that it caused Deadspin to publish this headline. The article said things such as, “This is insanity,” when referring to the announcement of the signing. Furthermore, this sentiment was shadowed by many across social media. The general thought around the world, outside of China, was, “How the heck did this Chinese club do this?”
However, when looking at the actual statistics on signings around the world, the Chinese Super League spent the most money on signings during the winter transfer period. As documented in this Business Insider article entitled, “Chinese soccer teams are spending an absurd amount of money on players,” the Chinese Super League spent significantly more money on players than any other league — including about $65 million more than the famous English Premier League.
So, although many were surprised by this signing in the media, simple research shows that the Chinese Super League is spending more on players than any other league.
Gaines, Cork. “Chinese Soccer Teams Are Spending an Absurd Amount of Money on Players.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 19 Feb. 2016. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. <http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-super-league-transfer-window-spending-2016-2>.
Haisley, Billy. “Holy Shit, A Chinese Team Just Bought Jackson Martínez For So Much Money.” Deadspin. Deadspin, 02 Feb. 2016. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. <http://screamer.deadspin.com/holy-shit-a-chinese-team-just-bought-jackson-martinez-1756724997>.