Praise for star who 'heralded golden age'Sports | Apr 25, 2019
The Argentine midfielder, who retired just two weeks before his 36th birthday, was hailed as a pioneer who helped change the game since Guangzhou Evergrande forked out a then-domestic-record US$10 million (HK$78 million) to buy Conca from Brazil's Fluminense in July 2011. But it was his wages which stunned the world, his reported annual salary of US$12.5 million putting him behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.
"It heralded a golden age," said Sina Sports. "He was one of the totems of the Chinese Super League."