China Football News: Changchun Zhuoyue set to Make Brazilian Cristiane World's Highest-Paid Female Footballer
Chinese Women's Super League team Changchun Zhuoyue is reportedly set to make Brazil international Cristiane Rozeira the world's highest-paid female footballer as the club is planning to sign her this summer.
Cristiane, 31, is currently playing for French squad Paris Saint-Germain Féminines as a forward. She signed up for the Division 1 Féminine side in the summer of 2015 in a double transfer with compatriot Érika from Brazil Women's top-flight club Centro Olímpico, where she had spent the previous two seasons.
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The Sao Paulo, Brazil native was PSG's top scorer during the 2015-2016 season with 23 goals in 31 appearances. She currently has eight goals and three assists in 14 games so far this season, and her contract extends up to the end of the current season.
SkySports reported that Cristiane would join Changchun on June 30, citing the club's general manager Liu You as the source.
Liu said that Zhuoyue is planning to grant Cristiane "a new world record" salary, but no exact amounts were mentioned as it was deemed confidential, according to the South China Morning Post.
On the international level, Cristiane has netted 86 games in 127 games for the Brazil women's national football team since 2003. She was the country's leading scorer during the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning the silver medal both times.
The northeastern Chinese club finished third in the China Women's top-flight last season and will aim to contend for the title this time around.
Meanwhile, in the men's division, Changchun Yatai has added former Watford striker Odion Ighalo as its fifth import in the upcoming Chinese Super League season.
Ighalo joins Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti, Uzbek defender Anzur Ismailov, and Brazilians Bruno Meneghel and Marinho as head coach Lee Jang-soo's foreign players.
Yatai bought the Nigeria international from the Hornets for a reported fee of $25 million, making him the club's premier signing this year. Ighalo scored 39 goals in 98 appearances for Watford in two-and-a-half seasons.