New chapter in the strange career of Oscar (30 years)!
As generally well-informed transfer insider Fabrizio Romano tweeted, Oscar is set to return to his native Brazil. As a result, the midfielder moves from Chinese club Shanghai Port to Flamengo.
A selfie has been circulating on social networks since Monday, showing Oscar already in the jersey of the Rio de Janeiro club. According to Romano, only the final details remain to be clarified.
It would be another unusual milestone in the Oscar career!
Exam: In 2012, Chelsea paid 32 million euros for the then 20-year-old top talent, who arrived from International Porto Alegre. With the Londoners, Oscar immediately became a top player. As of 2016, he had made 203 competitive appearances, scoring 38 goals and providing 37 assists. He won two championships with Chelsea, the Europa League title and the English League Cup.
His exceptional vision and his butter passes for the attackers also take the attacking midfielder far in the national team: in 2015, at 24, Oscar had already played 48 international matches.
The only problem is that nothing else has been added so far. During the 2015/16 season, Oscar was increasingly pushed out of the starting XI at Chelsea – the first career crisis.
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But: instead of proving himself at another top European club, Oscar – then one of the best midfielders in the world – went to China. The transfer fee of 60 million euros was at the time a world record for a winter transfer.
It is obvious that Oscar chooses the money rather than the sporting challenge. He is said to earn 23.5 million euros a year at the Port of Shanghai – tax free.
Oscar at the time: “China has incredible financial power and sometimes makes offers players can’t refuse. Every footballer or working person wants to earn money to support his family. I come from a very poor Brazilian social background. We had nothing. It’s the fruit of my labor.”
Quirky: While many top players leave China soon after because the cultural difference is too big, Oscar is still playing for the port of Shanghai – five and a half years now. By taking this unusual step, he found a second home.
In sports terms, it quickly becomes apparent that Oscar is actually a size too big for the Chinese league. In 173 competitive matches so far, he has netted an incredible 145 goals (51 goals, 94 assists). He is now team captain. In 2021, the happy professional declares: “I don’t think of leaving China. There is a nice project for me here.
Nevertheless, Oscar was thinking at the time of a return to London: “I would like to return to Chelsea to finish my career. I built a beautiful story there. I will be a little older if I try this stage again, but as I am playing very well, with good stats, I feel there is still a place for me at Chelsea.”
But it turns out differently than everyone – even Oscar himself – thought.
Moving to his home country is apparently just a matter of form. Once again, the Brazilian renounces the sporting challenge – despite being only 30 years old. Again, something other than sporting success is more important to him.
Oscar has been in Brazil for some time with his heavily pregnant wife. His always club Shanghai Port does not want to put any obstacle in the way of his captain, who led the club to the championship in 2018. Shanghai released him so that he does not miss the birth of his child. And he probably won’t go back to China again…
Oscars 2021: “When I hang up my shoes, I want a job in this sport, but one that will keep me in one place. I need to be close to my family and loved ones. That’s what I want.”
You don’t always have to prove to everyone that you’re the best to have a fulfilling life.