Anelka brings high profile to Chinese league


SHANGHAI (AP) -- The eyes of soccer fans across Asia will be on China this weekend as Shanghai Shenhua and star striker Nicolas Anelka kick off the most eagerly awaited Chinese Super League season ever.

The French star arrived in the city of 20 million in January after a high-profile move from English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea -- one that reportedly made him the highest paid player in the world -- to signal that Chinese club soccer has arrived on the international stage.

Anelka already has a legion of fans in Shanghai, and is looking forward to the challenge of being the biggest soccer star in the world's most populous nation.