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Wu Lei's first Espanyol goal draws an estimated 25 million fans in China

Wu Lei
Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to ever score in La Liga on Sunday, and the first in over a decade to score in a big European league.

More than 25 million fans in China were estimated to have watched online as Wu Lei become the first Chinese player to score a goal in one of the big five European leagues for 3,731 days on Saturday.

Wu joined Espanyol from Shanghai SIPG in January, and the international star grabbed the third as Los Periquitos defeated Real Valladolid 3-1 to move into 11th in La Liga.

A source at PPTV, the official broadcaster of La Liga in China, told ESPN that the ratings had grown since the forward's debut against...

Shangai SIPG coy on star scorer Wu Lei's links to La Liga side Espanyol

Shanghai SIPG have refused to comment on reports in Spain that star player Wu Lei is set to sign for Espanyol.

Wu is the biggest name in Chinese football after finishing the 2018 Chinese Super League season as top scorer to help Shanghai win a first ever championship. He also shone in the 2019 Asian Cup earlier in January, helping the national team to the quarterfinal stage.

After being linked recently with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League, Shanghai may have to face up to losing...