Oscar’s incredible story – The Brazilian’s move to Shanghai in 2017 shook the football world, but his £67m transfer didn’t turn out as he had hoped.
The influx of European stars into the Chinese Super League in the 2010s sounds unrealistic right now.
Chinese clubs, which once had unlimited economic resources, were shaken by the coronavirus pandemic. From Cedric Bakambu to Anthony Modeste, many players have returned to familiar shores.
But one name remains in Asia. Moreover, he is perhaps the most famous of those who went. So why didn’t Oscar return to Europe?
Transferred to Chelsea in the summer of 2012, Oscar also experienced League Cup and Europa League victories as well as the Premier League title in 2015.
At Stamford Bridge, as coaches came and went, Oscar was the constant name. He played over 200 games in the four and a half years that Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte coached the team.
However, despite winning the Goal of the Year award twice for Chelsea, he never reached the expected number of goals. Playing almost every position in midfield and on the offensive line, Oscar scored 38 goals in total.
This decision of Chelsea, which sold Kevin De Bruyne to make room for the Brazilian, seemed more and more stupid, and the fact that Oscar was played more and more behind prevented him from displaying his creativity, which was the reason for the transfer.
Still, he remained a key player in both the Premier League and Europe, until it was announced in January 2017 that he would be joining Shanghai SIPG.
He was only 25 years old at that time. He was not even in his peak years and was expected to stay at Chelsea for a long time.
Instead, he chose to go to China with a £67m transfer fee and a weekly salary of £400,000. This decision made him the fifth highest-paid player in the world.
Oscar never denied that money played an important role in the transfer. Born to a poor family in Brazil and raised only by his mother since he was three years old, Oscar was determined to earn a lot of money in a short time.
At that time, there was not much room left for the Oscar in Conte’s 3-4-3. Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante were in the center, and Eden Hazard and Pedro were first choice on the flanks.
Let’s come to Oscar’s performance in China. His volatile performance in the Far East was proof that Chelsea made the right decision to sell him.