Jackson Martinez completes move to Guangzhou Evergrande
The 29-year-old will take his talents to Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao less than a year after signing with Spanish Primera side Atletico Madrid from FC Porto.
OFFICIAL: Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao have completed the signing of Jackson Martinez (29) from At. Madrid for €42M. pic.twitter.com/imQIiMnFdm— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) February 3, 2016
Martinez now becomes the latest big name to move far east after well-established stars Ramires, Fredy Guardin and Gervinho swapped Europe for China.
Just last July, Atletico's director Jose Luis Perez Caminero expressed his satisfaction with the deal bringing Martinez to Madrid, telling the club's official website: "We are very pleased with the agreement, because Jackson Martinez is an extraordinary striker, able to rapidly solve any attacking play inside the box. Thanks to his size, he heads very well and interchangeably uses either foot to shoot.
"How much do you want for Jackson Martinez?— Zito (@_Zeets) February 2, 2016
"Well we just bought him six months a..." pic.twitter.com/urYD0wTfJQ
Well, that completely came out of the blue. Another big move for the China Super League, Jackson Martinez gone - https://t.co/VNqsOxmiDO— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) February 2, 2016
Martinez, capped 39 times by his country, spent three seasons at the Estadio do Dragao scoring 92 goals in 133 games, as well as 13 in 24 UEFA Champions League games. He helped the Portuguese club to the league title in 2013 as well as two Super Cup wins in 2012 and 2013.
The ex-Porto and Chiapas striker failed to live up to expectations at the Vincente Calderon this season, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.