Football has changed drastically over the space of the last 20 years, with the game richer and more lucrative than ever. Top players always been paid handsomely but the financial rewards on offer now are absolutely outrageous. Europe is seen as the main powerhouse of the game when it comes to club football, with sides in the Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), Bundesliga (Germany) and Ligue 1 (France) in a position to offer players massive contracts which puts them at a huge advantage. But over the last few years they've been in competition with Asia, due to the soaring popularity of the Chinese Super League.
The demand for football in China is absolutely massive with the Premier League the most prominent by some distance, but the success and money behind the CSL has really been turning heads. Chinese clubs have been able to tempt some of the games biggest names and talents across to Asia and it's a trend that isn't going to slow down anytime soon if recent dealings are anything to go by.
On Thursday Napoli legend Marek Hamsik became the latest player to make the move to the CSL, ending his 12 year stay at the Stadio San Paolo where he became the clubs all-time record appearance holder and goalscorer. The next step in his career sees him arrive at Dalian Yifrang where he joins former Atletico Madrid duo Nico Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco - again highlighting the strength of the division. There's some top players plying their trade over in China at the moment and below we've selected 5 of the best - think they could cut it at a top European club? Get involved @FootyAccums!