Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez moved to the Asia to play in the Chinese Super League where he receives a record mouth-watering salary.
The Shanghai Shenhua stadium – the new home to the Argentine star – where he plays has gone up in flames.
The 33-000 seater stadium was recorded burning with a huge inferno and emitting black smoke. Early reports claimed no life was loss and that the fire started at 8 am local time. The fire burnt through one end of Hongkou Stadium, causing a traffic mess. The fire fighting services managed the situation when they arrived.
The stadium, which was opened in March 1999, is the nation’s first professional football stadium. The authorities are investigating the cause of the fire but the police say they suspect that the fire started in the indoor rock climbing facilities.
The stadium houses the Shanghai Shenhua team. The team is coached by Gus Poyet. They are in the top four of the Chinese Super League, with top players in the set-up. They lure Tevez,33, to the club from Boca Juniors early this year after promising to pay him £615,000 in weekly wages.
There are rumours that the star is not happy off the pitch and might not remain for long. He started the term on a poor note as he battled fitness. He has just a penalty to his name and his fortunes have been mixed since arriving in China. He is amongst the host of top stars now plying their trade in China with much being expected.