New record in
China's football league history
Brazilian forward Cleo on Wednesday
signed a four-year contract with Chinese football
club Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club, with a transfer
fee of 3,200,000 euros, a new record in China's football
Cleo scored 10 goals in 12 matches in
the European Champions League, helping Serbia's Partizan
qualify for the group stage. But the transfer stops
his endeavor in the top competition among clubs.
"No chance for playing in the European
champions league? No problem! AFC Champions League
is as competitive as European Champions League. I
am embracing the new challenges," said Cleo.
Cleo scored two goals in two matches
against English Premier League giant Arsenal, making
him attractive to some top clubs in the Premier league,
LFP and Lega Calcio. England media even reported that
Cleo's performance had motivated Livepool's manager
to offer a price for him, but the Chinese club won
the tag of war for the Brazilian.
"It is the hardest talk that I
have been experienced," Evergrande F.C. president
Liu Yongzhuo said. "But it is a valuable experience
for Chinese football clubs' effort to bring in world-class
Evergrande, a Chinese real property
enterprise, showed its ambition in Football after
taking charge of the club in 2010. A series of bold
actions followed including commercialization and management
system reform. The addition of another Brazilian player
Muriqui costed the club 350 U.S. dollars in 2010.