Didier drogba's big money move to China does not come as a big surprise as many touted the Ivorian hitman to hang up his boots where the money would flow in highest. For the next two-and-a-half years of his folding career, Didier would be pocketing $310,000 a week making the Ivorian phenomenon the highest paid player in Chinese soccer. Didier follows the footsteps of his fellow African Samuel Eto'o of Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala who is currently the highest-paid player in the history of soccer.
Anzhi is bankrolled by Russian investor Suleiman Kerimov, who is the 118th richest person in the world with a net worth of $7.8 billion. Kerimov was forced to overpay for Eto’o to attract him to the developing Russian league where he will play in a 16,000 person stadium. Drogba is the second big name signing for Shenhua owner Zhu Jun after the Video game magnate successfully lured Nikolas Anelka to Shangai.
Drogba, 34, played a key role in helping English club Chelsea FC win the highly coveted Champions League final against Bayern Munich in May. His salary at Chelsea was $185,000 a week. The diference in pay is clear, and at this stage of his career, the prolific hitman has little or nothing to prove as long as soccer's circle is concerned.
The deal is reportedly worth €12 million-a-year and will make him the most expensive player in the Chinese Super League. 250,000 euros a week, far surpasses his former salary at Chelsea FC by some good margin and his wife, Diakité Lalla wouldn't mind that at all.