Anelka brings profile to Chinese league in 2012

The eyes of football fans across Asia will be on China this

weekend as Shanghai Shenhua and its star striker Nicolas Anelka

kick off the most eagerly-awaited Chinese Super League season

ever.

The French star arrived in the city of 20 million in January

after a high-profile move from English Premier League powerhouse

Chelsea – one that reportedly made him the highest paid player in

the world – to signal that Chinese club football has arrived on the

international stage.

Anelka already has a legion of fans in Shanghai, and is looking

forward to the challenge of being the biggest star in the world’s

most populous nation.