Moscow: Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Igor Denisov has branded new signing Hulk a second-rate star after being demoted from the first team for speaking out about the Brazilian striker's lucrative contract.
"I would understand if we got (Argentine superstar Lionel) Messi or (Spanish midfielder Andres) Iniesta -- they probably deserve any price," said Russian captain Denisov.
"Yes, we bought some good players who will clearly help Zenit. But are they really so much better than the current team leaders that they deserve to get three times more?" the 28-year-old midfielder asked.