Chinese Super League: Hebei China Fortune Striker Ezequiel Lavezzi Still Goalless a Year After Getting $618,000-a-Week Deal
Ezequiel Lavezzi is still goalless one year after he joined Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune FC in a $6.3 million transfer deal from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Lavezzi signed up with Hebei China in February last year on a two-year deal worth $25 million, leading to some people calling him "the next Maradona," according to The Sun. The contract earned him a weekly salary of about $500,000, and he is expected to lead the CSL side's attack in the 2016 season.
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However, the 31-year-old Argentina international ended up being goalless in his first season with the club as he was only able to appear in 10 games for the Samba Kings because of an arm injury.
The freak injury, which he picked up during his national team's 4-0 win over Team USA in the semifinals of last year's Copa America tournament, required surgery to repair. He went through the operation in June and recently returned to training for head coach Manuel Pellegrini this month.
Lavezzi last suited up for the Chinese squad in May last year, which has evidently decreased his chances of contributing any goals for Hebei last season.
Dream Team FC noted that the Argentine forward had already received $26 million in compensation from Hebei even though he has played with them 10 times only, virtually earning him $2.6 million per match without scoring any goals.
Lavezzi was able to dish out three assists during those 10 games, though, which means that his signing did not go totally unreasonable for Hebei.
With his health back at 100 percent, Lavezzi is once again expected to lead Pellegrini's charge in the new CSL season, which is set to start in March. The Samba Kings will face Henan Jianye FC in their opening game on Mar. 5 at the Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium in Zhengzhou, Henan, China.