The Brazilian surpassed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to weekly salary by joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2017
Neymar might not have even touched the halfway point in his footballing career but is already among the best-paid and most marketable athletes on the planet.
The PSG star turned 27 in 2019 and has already scored over 250 goals at club level and hit over a half-century for his country, with his decision to leave Barcelona for Paris making him the highest earner in European football.
The former Santos starlet is well on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest sportsmen of his era, but how do his earnings stack up when compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo today?
- What is Neymar’s net worth?
- How much does Neymar earn?
- What sponsorship deals does Neymar have?
- What businesses does Neymar have?
- What charity work does Neymar do?
Neymar’s net worth is reported to be around €110 million (£95m/$123m), which is a rise from the €90m figure reported prior to his record move to Paris. It is still considerably less than Ronaldo and Messi.
But that is still an impressive figure for his age and, considering his earning power, should continue to rise. Indeed, according to Forbes, he earned $90m (£70m) between his PSG salary and various endorsements.
His status on the pitch and enduring popularity, particularly in Brazil, off it should ensure that the former Santos prodigy follows in the footsteps of his rivals and goes on to become one of the richest players of his generation.
According to information uncovered by Football Leaks , Neymar is the second-highest current earner in world football behind Carlos Tevez.
Neymar earns an astonishing €36.8 million (£32m/$41m) a year at Parc des Princes, which works out at over €700,000 a week.
That dwarfs the €300,000-a-week deal he signed with Barca in 2016 and moves him comfortably ahead of Ronaldo and Messi, even if we take into account the pay rise the latter is said to be receiving in the new deal at Camp Nou he signed last November.
Tevez cashed in on the gold rush in the Chinese Super League in 2017 and was, for a time at least, the only player who topped Neymar’s salary. He was said to be earning €38.4m a year at Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Boca Juniors in January 2018.
What sponsorship deals does Neymar have?
In 2016, Forbes estimated Neymar’s earnings from endorsements at $21 million (€18m) annually, making him – based on his Barca salary at the time – the only active footballer earning more money off the pitch than on it.
Whereas Ronaldo and Messi’s endorsements at that point accounted for 36% and 34% of their income respectively, Neymar’s accounted for 61% of his pay.
That has changed now he has joined PSG but still speaks to his status as a marketing heavyweight – largely because of his huge presence in Brazil, where he appears on just about every product you can think of.
Some of his many sponsorship deals include partnerships with Nike, Gillette, Beats Electronics and Red Bull.
Neymar has turned his hand to a few endeavours other than playing football, including appearing in the new ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ movie and releasing his own emojis for download.
Neymar has opened the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in a neighbourhood he spent part of his childhood in, Jardim Gloria, in the city of Praia Grande.
It is a facility that aims to help transform the lives of poorer children in the region through educational, artistic and sporting initiatives that aid their development and give them a chance to reach their full potential. The complex currently serves 2,470 such kids and their families.
“I could not come to Brazil and not visit [the institute],” Neymar said last year during a trip home to attend his sister’s birthday party in March. “It is my family’s dream and I am always happy every time I visit. It makes me want to keep growing this and doing this the right way.”