Soccer is on the rise in China, and there’s plenty to be excited about.
Here are some of the top players to watch: Messi, who is a two-time Ballon d’Or winner, is a star in his own right.
The Brazil star is in Beijing for a training camp and has signed a three-year deal with the club.
Neymar has already broken the record for most career goals, with 21, and the Barcelona forward has scored in every match he’s played since arriving in China.
The 26-year-old has scored six goals in his first two games in China this season, including a brace in his side’s 2-0 victory over Shanghai SIPG.
Ronaldo has been the best player at the club this season and has made seven appearances, while Zlatani Ibrahimovic has been a key member of the squad.
The Brazilian has also been on the radar for years.
He made his debut for the national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and since then has won three FIFA World Cups and two European Championships.
The Portugal international scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua in the Champions League in May.
He has since scored seven goals in 12 games for the team.
Zlatan scored in a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last month, and was also a key part of Portugal’s 3-0 win over Liverpool in the 2018 FIFA World Championship quarter-final.
Ibrahimovic was a late substitute for Portugal’s final group game of the tournament, but scored a hat trick in the last-16 match.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a three time Ballon D’Or nominee.
The Real Madrid star is playing in Beijing ahead of the club’s Champions League group stage clash against Bayer Leverkung on Wednesday night.
The forward scored his 10th goal in the Bundesliga this season after scoring 14 goals in the previous season.
He was named as one of the best strikers in the tournament.
Zlanko Ibrahimovic is the club captain, and is also the top scorer in the league.
The striker scored a goal in every game he played for his club last season, and also set up Ronaldo for his first international goal in 2018.