Friday, 4 August 2017

Sports: NEYMAR: How the world's highest-paid footballer makes and spends his millions


Neymar has expensive tastes.

The much-anticipated move of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain is now a done deal, as the record-breaking transfer fee has been paid and Neymar is now signed.

Neymar has been compared to Pelé, and some believe he can even better than Lionel Messi.

While that is debatable, what is not up for debate is that Neymar is now the highest-paid footballer in the world, and he is also one of the world's most marketable athletes.

This all adds up to big contracts and a lavish lifestyle that includes boats, cars, and a famous on-again, off-again girlfriend. This is fitting for one of the biggest stars in the world's most popular sport.

Neymar signed his first professional contract when he was 17 with the Brazilian club Santos where he was making approximately US$1.2 million per year.

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

In 2010, Santos rejected a $20 million bid for Neymar to join West Ham United in the English Premier League. He was just 18 at the time.

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

At the time, Neymar's agent publicly rejected a pay raise from Santos.

SOURCE: UK Daily Star

Later that year, Neymar rejected an offer from Chelsea in the Premier League that would have paid him approximately $4.8 million per year. At the same time, Neymar was becoming an international star with the Brazilian national team..

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

Neymar then agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain in Brazil, making about $4 million per year..


Huge pressure was placed on his shoulders when he was dubbed "The Next Pele."

Pele added even more pressure when he said that Neymar was better than Lionel Messi.

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

In 2013, Barcelona paid $120 million to acquire Neymar from Santos.

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

However, the transfer sparked controversy when it was revealed that $54 million of the transfer fee was paid to Neymar's parents. This led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona, BBC Sport

Neymar signed a 5-year contract with Barça worth $76.8 million for an average annual salary of $15.4 million.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

He'll be making much more than that now. In addition to the record $263 million (€222 million) transfer fee, PSG will reportedly pay Neymar $53 million (€45 million) per year, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

Off the pitch, Neymar's endorsements pay him approximately $22 million per year.


In 2011, Neymar signed an 11-year deal with Nike worth $1 million per year.


Neymar was the first footballer to have his own custom-made Air Jordan soccer cleats. While the left boot has the numbers 10 (his number with Brazil) and 11 (his club number), the right boot has the No. 23, something Neymar requested as an homage to Michael Jordan.

He even has a pair of Jordan socks and not just with the Jumpman logo.

He was named Eurosport's "Most Marketable Athlete" for 2013, the second straight year he topped the list.

SOURCE: SportsProMedia

He has also appeared on the cover of the video game series "Pro Evolution Soccer."

He signed on with L'Oreal to start an advertising campaign for Drakkar Noir.

Neymar also has endorsement deals with Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.

Source: Forbes

Neymar is even commanding cameos in Hollywood movies as he had a small role in "XXX: Return of Xander Cage."

Neymar has expensive taste and his list of extravagent purchases includes an $8 million yacht that also costs $120,000 per year to maintain.


He also has a vast car collection that includes a Porsche Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $400,000-550,000.


Neymar was recently spotted driving an Audi RS-7, which starts at $114,000.

Neymar also has a private jet.

It looks posh inside.

Neymar is also a big fan of Gaga Milano watches. He once spent about US$180,000 in one visit to a Gaga Milano boutique in Tokyo. That later turned into an endorsement deal.

Source: Gaga Milano

He appears to have very expensive taste when it comes to earrings.

He has an extensive model car collection.

Neymar's most recognizable expense is with him wherever he goes. Maintaining this hairstyle cannot be cheap.

Although recently, he has gone with what appears to be a more natural look, like when he was spotted at the NBA Finals sitting alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Neymar has what has been described as an "on-off" relationship with Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine. She was spotted watching Brazil practice during the World Cup.

Source: UK Daily Star

In June, he declared his "Never ending love" for Bruna. However, they have reportedly split.

Source: The Sun

Neymar has one son, Davi Lucca, from a previous relationship. Neymar reportedly pays $15,000 per month in child support.


It is unclear if Neymar had purchased a house in Barcelona. However, at one point he was staying in this rental property.

Who knows where Neymar will be living in Paris, but we can guess it will be nice.

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