There was once a time when Neymar Jr was just a teenager from Brazil, brilliant with skills and the world talking about his future. He was also labeled as an overrated player who is only good for youtube and got away with a Puskas trophy luckily. All of those critics might be hiding their faces, for now, Neymar has established himself as one of the best players in the world. And is expected to be the heir of Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona. He has already proved himself of being worthy when Lionel Messi was out injured in 2015 and Neymar carried the team through the tough time. Neymar salary is the second highest within the club. Moreover, he is the 8th highest paid football player on the planet. Neymar net worth is more than what you can expect from a 25 years old footballer.
In 2013, Barcelona signed a 21-year-old Neymar for a fee of €57 million. A big amount for a 21-year-old football player who has never played in Europe before. That was a gamble by Barcelona and the gamble seems to be paying off for the Catalans. Out of the €57 million, €17.1 went into Santos’ account. The rest were paid to Neymar’s father. Moreover, reports revealed that Barcelona made an agreement with the player’s agent back in 2012 regarding a future move to Spain. Neymar’s father received almost €15 million at the time. Moreover, other clauses in contract earned Santos a few couple of millions more. So in reality, Neymar’s transfer cost Barcelona approximately a €100 million. And Neymar and his father earned more than €55 million during the transfer.
He is considered as the 3rd best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Being one of the star players at the club, Neymar has the second highest wages after Lionel Messi. He was a crucial part of FC Barcelona’s 2014/15 season’s triumphs as the club secured the 2nd treble in it’s history. Moreover, during Messi’s injury in the October 2015, Neymar stepped up and showed why he deserves to be named as the 3rd best player and why he is worth all the money spent on his transfer and his wages. This earned him a new contract with the Catalans. The contract ends in 2021 and pays Neymar a weekly wage of $290,000. This adds up to be $14.9 million a year. An increment in the near future is expected.
Although Neymar’s salary is among highest salaries of football players in the world. But this $14.9 million only makes 38% of the total he earned in 2016. How can you expect a good looking lad like Neymar Jr, who is one of the most popular celebrities in the world, not getting endorsement deals? Well, Neymar Jr has endorsement deals with one of the leading brands in the world. He has a contract with Nike since 2011 which ends in 2022. Moreover, he has deals with the companies like Unilever, Santander, and Volkswagen. He also keeps endorsing local Brazilian brands often. In the mid of 2016, he was seen in Lays add. Forbes reported his earnings from endorsements in 2016 was a mouthwatering $22 million. Neymar’s endorsements earn him more than what he earns playing football.
Still very young, only 25 years of age, but Neymar net worth is $90 million. He is one of the richest football players currently playing. Shockingly, he is earning more than the veterans like Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Luis Suarez. The Brazilian enjoys a lavish lifestyle. He owns a mansion in Barcelona, a luxury apartment in Brazil, a private jet, a private yacht, and a big collection of cars which includes a £200,000 Ferrari. He is often criticized for such a lifestyle. But a young man earning this much is expected to be a bit lavish.
In the football world, Neymar is the only player who has a higher market value than Lionel Messi. He has years left on his contract. Moreover, he is still young and has plenty more years left to play. He is still one of the best and there is more to come out of him when he will move out of Messi’s shadow. The current contract between Neymar and Barcelona has a release clause of $200 million. Moreover, his market value has been estimated to be €150 million. This is a great rank achieved by Neymar at this very young age.