Zhu Jun, founder of Chinese gaming company The9, once played against Liverpool
Shanghai Shenhua’s multi-millionaire owner Zhu Jun, the 44 year old founder of Chinese gaming company The9 Ltd, made headlines around the world yesterday for having held provisional takeover talks with Liverpool.
If he is successful in his bid, Zhu would become the first Liverpool owner to have actually played against the team. In 2007, he appeared for a grand total of five minutes when Shanghai Shenhua played Liverpool at a tournament in Rotterdam, Holland — an episode we’ve previously described as the “most cringeworthy event in Chinese football’s rather bulging episodes-to-forget file”.
According to The Independent:
Zhu proposes to head a consortium of businessmen, perhaps including one or more other owners of Chinese Super League clubs, to make a bid. It is known, however, that he feels the owners’ nominal asking price of £800m is double a realistic valuation.
Diehard Shanghai Shenhua fans, among whom Zhu Jun isn’t exactly the most popular of characters, have wasted no time in dishing out their advice to current Liverpool owners. One fan, linqingma, writes in a comment on The Independent:
Zhu knows nothing about football and he’ve ruined Shenhua since he bought the team in 2007. We don’t want to see what happened on Shenhua happens on Liverpool again.
—a supporter of Shanghai Shenhua from China
Zhu has very very bad reputation in the old fans of Shanghai Shenhua. He sold all the best players in the team everyyear as way to finance his team. Some players even didnt get paid yet of their last year’s salary. So, you can imagine what the great Livrepool wud be if he sells Torres, Xabi,Gerald…
Previously on Shanghaiist
Shenhua field forty-something chairman against Liverpool
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