When the leader of China puts his weight behind something, the rest of the world tends to take notice.

President Xi Jinping is supporting plans to make his country a football superpower which is why unprecedented sums have already been spent on Jackson Martinez, Graziano Pelle and Hulk.

The big question now is how long before Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or even the next generation of superstars such as Antoine Griezmann become realistic targets?