Here are the top China sports business news stories you need to know from this week:
US and China Dominate Global Football Ownership According to Soccerex’s latest Football Finance 100 report, the two economic powerhouses cumulatively own more than 30 percent of the world’s top 100 football clubs, more than all of Europe combined. Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande rank 12th in the list thanks to the immense wealth of an ownership group including Evergrande Group and Alibaba. Read more on SportsPro (English)
Lu Han Crowned 'Red Devils Messenger' The well-known Chinese entertainer and Manchester United fan recently paid a visit to the club during his first trip to Manchester. His passion for the club is well documented - his post “Ten years a fan, Lifelong a Red Devil!” on Weibo in September 2015 earned him a Guinness World Record for the most commented Weibo post, breaking his own record and receiving more than 100 million comments to date. As a 'Red Devil Messenger', Lu Han will remain close to the club and continue to show his passion and support for United in China. Read more on Manchester United (English) and Sports Money (Chinese)
Sports World Welcomes in Year of the Pig on Social Football organisations, clubs and players all over the world took to social media, each in their own unique way, to welcome in the Chinese Year of the Pig. Some of the most notable video content commemorating the event came from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, NBA and NFL. Read more on SCMP (English)
Wu Lei Debut Reaches 40 Million The first game of Espanyol's new signing Wu Lei was watched by over 40 million people in China according to the club. Read more on the Independent (English) and Sina (Chinese)
The Ronaldo Effect Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid saw Juventus's popularity rocket in China, up nearly 70 percent by one measure, as top European clubs vie for supremacy in the most populous nation in the world. Read more on AFP (English)
Fellaini Signs for Shandong Luneng Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini has completed his transfer to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng. The Belgian flew to China last week to complete the deal that brings to an end five and half years at Manchester United. He signed a new two-year deal last summer that was due to run until 2020. Read more on BBC (English) and GOAL (Chinese)
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