RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentine Dario
Conca, Brazil's player of the year in 2010 as he helped
Fluminense win the league championship, said goodbye on Monday
after signing for China's Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 28-year-old refused to reveal any figures in the deal
but Brazilian media reported the little playmaker would earn
about 60 million Brazilian reais ($38.54 million) for a 30-month
contract, putting him aamong the world's best-paid players.
"I'm so thrilled and happy to have received such an
important offer," Conca, who played all 38 of Fluminense's
matches as they won the Brazilian championship for the first
time since 1984, told a news conference.
Conca spent three and a half years at the club, playing 210
games and scoring 40 goals, and there was surprise in Brazil
that he was never called up by Argentina.
Fluminense have lost form this year. They went out of the
South American Libertadores Cup in the first knockout round in
April and have faltered in the Brazilian championship with four
wins and three defeats.
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