Russian football fans have not been surprised for a long time by the transitions of the leading players of Russian clubs to English or Italian teams.
And we are talking about legionnaires from other countries that have achieved European recognition in the Russian championship.
The more surprising is the story of the best Russian footballer of 2008, the Brazilian Wagner Love, five years later, replaced the Moscow CSKA Moscow by the little-known Chinese club "Shandong Luneng".
To Moscow - with love
Former striker of the Brazilian "Vasco da Gama" and"Palmeiras" in Russia was brought by love not so much to a leather ball as to money. And also the desire to "light up" and a little later to follow the example of many other Brazilians in a strong West European club. Which, however, did not affect the sincere love of forward Wagner, whose nickname was sometimes incorrectly inclined as Lava, to the metropolitan team.
In CSKA Wagner played (with interruptions) from 2004 to 2013year. And managed to win three championship titles, six Cups of Russia, to excel in the UEFA Cup and become a player of the Brazilian national team. In his asset, a South American can also enter the unofficial rank of the strongest foreign player ever performing in the vastness of Russia, and the reciprocal love of army fans.
Play as Love
In the winter of 2013 Wagner reappeared in CSKA andQuickly confirmed that short-term absences in his native Brazil are doing him good. And that he did not forget how to score. In the form of the army club Love has again managed to become the champion and the owner of the Cup of the country. After that, the president of CSKA Giner announced the transfer of the main scorer (199 games and 94 goals) to Shandong Luneng. According to Chinese media - for 12 million euros. And the forwards, the Chinese, who know a lot about qualified players from Europe, put their salary much higher than in Moscow - four million of the same euros per year.
The most famous foreignersChina, are Frenchmen Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Seydou Keita, Paraguayan Lucas Barrios, Englishman Paul Gascoigne, Italian Alessandro Diamanti and Russian Sergey Kiriakov.
His skill began to confirm withFirst day of stay in the Middle Kingdom. Already in the debut game for the club, four times defeated in the championship of China, he twice scored "Shanghai Shenhua". And helped the team, the most stellar player who used to be ex-midfielder German "Schalke 04" Hao Junming, win 3: 2. And in just ten games of the same round of the 2013 season, Wagner scored six times, having won the silver of the championship and a ticket to the Champions League of the Asian Football Confederation.
In addition to Wagner, Shandong is played by four moreLegionaries. This defender Ryan McGowan (USA), midfielders of Rod Antar (Lebanon) and Leonardo Piskulichi (Argentina), as well as another Brazilian striker Gilberto Masen.
In "Shandong" remember Nepomnyashchego
As experts believe, the appearance in the ranks of oneOf the strongest Chinese clubs, the striker from Russia, though not a Russian, can not be called casual. After all, once a team of Radomir Antic trained such famous Russian experts as Boris Ignatiev and Valery Nepomnyashchiy. And on the field shone ex-forward of the Moscow "Dynamo" Kiryakov and well-known for the performances again for Russian clubs, the Belarusian defender Jakhimovich, Serbian midfielder Petrovic and Ukrainian striker Nagornyak. However, some believe that the Chinese could appreciate the skill of Wagner shortly before the transfer - during the two-legged tour of CSKA in his country.