Carlos Tevez has denied reports that he became the highest paid player in world football when he swapped his boyhood club Boca Juniors for the Chinese Super League.
The Argentine international was unveiled by Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday and later trained with his new team-mates for the first time.
But during his first press-conference the 32-year-old quashed claims that he is earning £615,000 per week at his new club, although the figure has been widely reported across the globe.
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez holds aloft the Shanghai Shenhua shirt at his unveiling
Tevez denies he is the best paid player in football after moving to the Chinese Super League
He said: ‘After my last game I didn’t mention anything to the local media about my salary in China.
‘Salary matters shouldn’t be told to everyone, it’s a matter of respect for my team-mates.
‘My salary isn’t as high as the legends, but in order to respect my team-mates I won’t tell you how much.’
Tevez arrived at his new home on Friday to a rapturous reception and became the latest big-name player to move to China after Oscar and Axel Witsel.
He will join a squad that already boasts former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba, and the Colombian international Fredy Guarin among its top stars.
Tevez, an Argetina veteran with 76 appearances for his country will play alongside 28 nationals in the Chinese team, who have managed just 60 caps between them.
The 32-year-old left boyhood club Boca Juniors to make the move to the far east
The Argentine international took part in his first training session with his new club on Saturday
THE TOP-10 BEST-PAID FOOTBALLERS IN THE WORLD
1) Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua) £615,000 per week (£31.98m per year)
2) Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) £400,000 per week (£20.8m per year)*
3=) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £365,000 per week (£19m per year)*
3=) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £365,000 per week (£19m per year)*
5) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) £346,000 per week (£18m per year)*
6) Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £317,000 per week (£16.5m per year)
7) Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £290,000 per week (£15m per year)
8) Neymar (Barcelona) £289,000 per week (£15m per year)*
9=) Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) £260,000 per week (£13.5m per year)
9=) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £260,000 per week (£13.5m per year)
*All estimated figures are pre-tax, except in these cases where figures are post-tax. Sums may vary according to bonus payments.
He accepts that moving to the far east will bring pressure but insists that he will rise to the challenge.
‘There will probably be pressure, but because I love football very much I will use my passion for the sport. Even if there will be pressure I will forget about it on the field,’ Tevez said.
‘I know the CSL is getting tougher and tougher year after year, and this year will be extremely intense.’
The former Premier League star shakes hands with his new team-mates in training