Neymar Earns More than Messi and other Barca Players off-field than he was paid by Catalan Club

Neymar Earns More than Messi and other Barca Players off-field than he was paid by Catalan Club

Neymar will earn 865,000 euros (£775,477) a week when the Brazil forward completes his world record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain.

The 25-year-old’s wages will equate to 45m euros (£40.3m) a year before tax.

Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood to be ready to meet his release clause.


It means PSG’s total outlay across the initial five-year deal will come to £400m.

The Brazil international arrived at training on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.

He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.

The latest development comes two days after it emerged Barca were ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if PSG signed Neymar.

That came after La Liga president Javier Tebas threatened, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, a legal response against the former Ligue 1 champions if European football’s governing body failed to take action.

He also said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been made aware of the Spanish league’s intentions.

According to Forbes’ rich list, the Brazilian is currently the only footballer to earn more from his off-field endorsements than his playing contract at Barcelona.

Neymar’s sponsors include global brands such as Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre and bring the 25-year-old in $22m (£16.6m) on top of his $15m (£11.3m) salary.

“He was the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers made by the Swoosh,” says Forbes.

However, that will change when he completes a world-record move to PSG and collects a pre-tax weekly wage of 865,000 euros (£775,477) or 45m euros (£40.3m) a year.

That is more than current Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who signed a new deal worth a reported £500k per week in July, and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s £365,00-a-week deal.

It looks set to make the Brazilian the best-paid player in the world, overtaking Carlos Tevez who is said to earn £615,000 per week at Shanghai Shenhua.

Here is how Neymar’s deal shapes up to bumper contracts in other sports:

Earlier this year, NBA franchise the Houston Rockets signed James Harden to a four-year deal worth a reported $172m (£130m)

Baseball’s Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year Miami Marlins deal worth £246m in 2014

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck boasts the richest contract in NFL history at £106m

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton became Britain’s best-paid sportsman in 2015 with £100m deal

Conor McGregor has earned £26m from two UFC bouts in the past 12 months
Golfer Rory McIlroy’s 10-year deal with Nike is worth £80m

Culled from BBC Sport

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