Ex-Chelsea ace has earned £154m in wages since swapping Premier League for new career

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has earned a fortune since his shock decision to leave the Premier League in January 2017.

The Brazil international, 32, spent a successful four-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. Oscar helped Chelsea win the Europa League under Rafa Benitez before the return of Jose Mourinho saw him add the League Cup and Premier League to his medal haul. Having seen his opportunities become limited under Antonio Conte, Oscar surprised the footballing world with his next career move.

The attacking midfielder became Shanghai Port’s marquee signing at a time when high-profile players were being offered riches to transform the Chinese Super League. He is one of the league’s few remaining star attractions, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Cangzhou Mighty Lions at the weekend.

Similar to the Saudi Pro League’s recent push to bring in big names, Oscar was joined in China by former Chelsea trio Ricardo Carvalho, Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel, as well as his countryman Hulk.

Plenty more would follow in Oscar’s footsteps, with Yannick Carrasco and Javier Mascherano among the players to join the league for the 2018 season.

The influx of foreign stars proved to be short-lived, though, as a rule change in 2019 prevented clubs from offering the lavish wages they had previously. Luckily for Oscar, he signed a five-year extension, reportedly earning £20m per year, just before the landscape drastically changed.

The Daily Mail has claimed that Oscar is paid around £400k per week. After seven full seasons and being almost halfway through 2024, his total wages at Shanghai Port stand at an eye-watering £154m.

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ex-chelsea ace has earned £154m in wages since swapping premier league for new career

Oscar has remained committed to Shanghai Port since leaving Chelsea in January 2017

“All football players want to earn money to help their families,” Oscar told Copa90 in 2017. “When I made the decision to come [to China], I was thinking more of my family than of my career.”

The transfer effectively ended Oscar’s international prospects with his last Brazil Cap coming in 2015. However, his trophy haul in China has been somewhat modest. The midfielder helped Shanghai Port win the league in 2018 but was forced to wait until last season to repeat the feat.

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