The signings of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka proved the cash-rich Chinese Super League can lure big names but their abrupt departure shows China cannot yet compete with the top European clubs.
This photo taken on August 4, 2012 shows Didier Drogba playing for Shanghai Shenhua. Barely six months after arriving in China, the powerful Ivory Coast striker has signed with Turkish club Galatasaray, giving no clue as to why he walked out on a reported $300,000-a-week contract with Shenhua.
Veteran striker Drogba arrived in a blaze of publicity last year after helping Chelsea lift the Champions League title, pledging to help promote a sport plagued by corruption and low-quality homegrown players.
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