Not quite Barcelona – what Mascherano can expect in Hebei

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Javier Mascherano is the latest big star to make the switch to Chinese football after the Argentine international defender swapped Barcelona for little-known Hebei China Fortune.

The decorated 33-year-old will team up with fellow Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi at Hebei following eight highly successful years at the Camp Nou.

No financial details were released when Mascherano was unveiled last week as a Hebei player, but he can expect to earn handsomely — Carlos Tevez was reportedly the best-paid footballer in the world when he signed a year ago for Shanghai Shenhua.

AFP Sport takes a closer look at Mascherano’s new side and gives a taste of what he can expect in the next chapter of his career.

– Elite getaway –

Hebei China Fortune are based in Qinhuangdao, a coastal city of three million people in the northern province of Hebei. It is not quite Barcelona, but Qinhuangdao has a…



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