It’s two years now since Oscar signed a lucrative contract with Shanghai SIPG.
Oscar was accused of chasing the money after leaving Chelsea, signing a deal with the Chinese Super League club worth £20.8 million a year.
The midfielder didn’t even shy away from these claims when he spoke to Copa90 in 2017.
“Every football player, or every person who works, wants to earn money to help their families,” he explained.
“I came from a social background in Brazil that is very poor. We didn’t have anything. This is the fruit of my work and when I earn this, it is because I conquered it.”
Oscar was only 25 when he made the switch, with SIPG paying £60m for him.
It was thought that his move would help Chinese football compete with Europe and while that hasn’t been the case, the latest reports about Oscar suggest he has proven his worth.
Oscar is a ‘hero’ in Shanghai
Goal have penned a piece exploring his two years in Asia and apparently he has already “become a hero in Shanghai”.
SIPG won the Chinese Super League in 2018 and Oscar was at the heart of their success, providing a league-high 19 assists and also scoring 12 goals.
Although the Brazilian missed out on the Player of the Season award, which went to Wu Lei, he was named in the CSL’s best XI.
“Even with wages that set SIPG back around £400,000 a week, Oscar proved his worth,” Goal write.
He netted a hat-trick for the club in an 8-0 win against Dalian Yifang last March.
Of course, the level of football in China is significantly less than what Oscar was used to in England.
But it’s still nice to hear that he is playing well and seemingly enjoying himself.
Oscar’s highlights in China
That said, he has been unable to regain a place in the Brazil national team.
Oscar hasn’t played for his country since November 2015 and it seems as though a return to Europe is his best chance of finding a way back into the setup.
But that will be difficult. The 27-year-old still has two years left on his SIPG contract and he will be unable to find another club ready to pay him as much as the Chinese outfit do.
Brazil boss Tite isn’t entirely against the idea of picking players based in China, with Renato Augusto and Paulinho both making recent squads.
So it’s too early to consider his international career over just yet.
When Oscar spoke to Copa90 in 2017, he stressed that he could one day return to Europe.
Having set his family up for life, he may decide to continue his dream of chasing the biggest trophies that European football has to offer when his SIPG contract runs out.