Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar has claimed that he is on another level to the majority of the players in the Chinese Super League, report the Metro.
Oscar arrived at Stamford Bridge with high expectations, but failed to live up to them in a Chelsea shirt and subsequently fell out of favour. Despite still having his best years ahead of him, the financial implications of a move to the Chinese Super League clearly outweighed his desire to continue playing competitive football.
The Brazilian, who is no longer involved with the national team, has claimed to be a level above the Chinese players, as the Metro report:
“Foreign players have more responsibility in China. The Chinese players are very good but the foreigners here like myself, Hulk, Elkeson in our team are on another level.”
Perhaps Oscar is a ‘level above’ as he suggests, but having scored just one goal in 16 league appearances in the far east, these comments do not reflect well on him. When you compare that to Hulk, who is averaging a goal every other game in China, Oscar is even falling short of expectations at Shanghai SIPG – what an unforgiving fall from grace.