From money to nostalgia for Europe and his homeland.. Oscar’s journey that wiped out his talent | Egypt Goal.com

Between searching for money and losing identity… Oscar doesn’t know what he wants

At one time, the exit to China from European stadiums was the thing expected by some, as it was the lifeline that shortened the great march in Europe with its money to a small period during which the player could create wealth and hang his shoes.

With the spread of the Corona virus and the restriction of the unlimited financial resources of Chinese clubs, some players from Asia returned to Europe, except for one, who was once famous for leaving glory to find money.

It is the Brazilian playmaker Oscar, who has been in China living in the chaos that the country witnessed until its stability, and he did not even express his displeasure with what is happening in the case of Chinese sports, so why did he stay there?

From the fairy tales of Brazil to the stadiums of England

Signed with Chelsea in the summer of 2012, Oscar was a huge hit in England, winning the Premier League title in 2015, as well as the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

Oscar was a regular at Stamford Bridge even as the Blues experienced major managerial volatility, making over 200 appearances over four and a half seasons under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte.

He may have won the club’s Goal of the Season award twice but did not score as many goals as expected – he scored just 38 goals for the Blues in all competitions – and played in almost every attacking line during his time in West London by his various managers.


The presence of Oscar in the squad was a double-edged sword for Chelsea, who sold Kevin De Bruyne to give the Brazilian room to thrive – a move that seemed more foolish with each passing week – while having a “high rate of physical exertion” that saw him take on major tactical roles, This has not allowed him to display the creativity that inspired the club to sign him in the first place.

Despite this, he was a key member of a squad at the top of the Premier League and in the latter stages of European competition when it was revealed that he would join Shanghai SIPG during the January 2017 transfer window.

As he was only 25 at the time, his peak years were still ahead of him, he was only supposed to continue at Chelsea, but he chose money above everything.

Searching for money even in China

The Brazilian stunned the footballing world that he would be moving to China, but the numbers involved in the sudden move were staggering: 67 million pounds ($84 million) in transfer fee, and a weekly salary of 400,000 pounds ($500,000), making him the fifth player in the world. List of the highest paid in the world at that time.

Oscar was very open about money being the main factor, as he came from a poor family in Brazil, raised by a single mother since the age of three, and wanted to make enough money to support them for the rest of their lives.

At that point, Oscar was not at all useful to Chelsea, as he was unable to work his way up to Conte’s tactical (3-4-3), with Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante grabbing midfield positions while Eden Hazard and Pedro took the wings.

So, how did Oscar perform in China? The inconsistency appears to have followed him further east, making Chelsea’s decision to sell seem all the more understandable in hindsight.

His best year was 2018, when he scored 12 goals as Shanghai won their first-ever AFC Champions League title, and was named the League Team of the Year.

However, goals and trophies have since dried up, with only five goals scored in his last two seasons, and his team – now known as Shanghai Port – recorded their best finish as runner-up in 2021.

What is noteworthy is that he remained in the Chinese league, despite the departure of many names that came from before the time of Corona, such as Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, and on the contrary, Oscar extended his contract in China, until 2024.

China is the country of the first Oscar!

There was talk at one point that Oscar’s international allegiance had shifted to the Asian country, after he had been absent for Brazil since 2016.

“Of course, I can think about it because it’s hard for me to go to the Brazilian national team now because I’m here, but in China everyone sees how well I play,” Oscar told Sportscene.

Oscar Shanghai SIPG 2017 GFXGetty/GOAL

He continued: “The Chinese team needs a good midfielder, so I think I can help with this, I love China, but the players who are now going to China to change their nationality, they can do a better job as well.”

It seems that Oscar is not Brazilian anymore, to the point that giving up representing his country has become a simple matter, until it has come to the point that he is offering his services with ease.

Nostalgia for Europe

Oscar hinted in the last period of his desire to return to Europe again, where he marketed himself in a dramatic way in which he tries to sympathize with the Blues fans in order to return to Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Yellow and Green in January, he said: “I built a beautiful story there and went to the Premier League at a very young age, at a time when the fans didn’t trust the Brazilian players so much.”

“I helped change that, I’ll be a little bit older when I try to make that move again, but since I’m playing very well, with good stats, I feel there is still a place for me at Chelsea.”

Two months later, he spoke to “talkSPORT” and said: “I am thinking of ending my career at Chelsea because I had a good time there before.”

While last May he spoke with “GOAL” and explained: “I have a good relationship with Chelsea, I have a great fondness for the club and its supporters.”

And he added: “So, after the expiration of my contract, this is one of the clubs that I will think of with all my heart.”

It may be good that Oscar is considering a return to Europe, but given his 30-year-old and his declining form in China, the big teams won’t think of him as much as he hopes, and we could see him in mid-table clubs at the latest.

Back to Brazil

Recently, press reports indicate that Oscar is linked to returning to Brazilian stadiums again after his volatile journey between Europe and China.

The next gate will be from the Brazilian club Flamengo, which is looking in the current transfer market to strengthen its ranks with a new playmaker.

And some news indicated that Oscar will not receive the same salary in China, of course, and therefore he will give up his large salary in order to return to his country again.

And Oscar may improve his level and numbers in Brazil, in his native country, which he previously disowned and wanted to replace.

Of course, this will not be the crisis of the Flamengo fans with Oscar, but it will be the crisis of the player with himself, who seems to lack identity, lives in the past fear of poverty and does not know what he is looking for, money? Or identity?

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