Money Men: How did Hulk, Teixeira & Co. perform in China?

The Chinese Super League (CSL) garnered worldwide headlines for some astronomical transfer fees handed out earlier this year. With many players now finishing up their campaigns, we rank the performances of 10 of them in relation to their price tags…

10. Jackson Martinez, Guangzhou  €42 million (£37.9m)

The move from Atletico Madrid made almost as many headlines as the striker managed minutes this season. It was underwhelming to say the least. 

The Colombian didn't look great in the early games and especially struggled in the Asian Champions League. Guangzhou looked more cohesive when he was out injured (as he often was) and the media started to ask if there had been a mistake. 

Martinez improved upon his return in the summer, but given the amount paid it was a forgettable debut amid rumours he will make a quick return to Europe.

9. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Hebei CFFC – €8 million (£7.2m)

The Argentine was just starting to settle in the chilly north when he was whisked away by his country for the 2016 Copa America.

The thrilling prospect of seeing a Chinese Super League player in the final of that tournament was dashed with a broken elbow sustained in the semi-final win over the United States, when he had been looking very good indeed.

He almost returned for his club before the end of the season, but just fell short of that goal.

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