Yes, the Brazilian wants to be the world’s No.1 player, but delivering financial security “for ever” to relatives who lived without electricity in a run-down suburb when he was young as its best-paid one is the priority.
Money over ambition.
And when you consider the eye-watering sums involved in Neymar ’s stunning world-record-doubling move to Paris Saint-Germain it is easy to see why his head has finally been turned.
Around £49million per year in wages for five years – £942,000 per-week – making the 25-year-old the highest paid player in the world.
After tax, he will take home £27m or around £520,000 per-week, while there will also be a ‘Welcome to Paris’ £13.5m signing-on fee chucked in.
Meanwhile, just under £36m will be heading to his entourage, including his influential dad Neymar Sr.
He was born in Mogi das Cruzes, a suburb of Sao Paulo that Neymar Sr has described as “a very low social-quality neighbourhood.
We even used to live here when there was still a dumping ground, where the entire city threw their garbage.”
Neymar’s parents were so strapped for cash they couldn’t afford an ultrasound scan before his birth.
When his own, in his words, “failed” football career finished, Neymar Sr worked three jobs to try to make ends meet.
Yet they often went without electricity because they couldn’t pay the bills and only had candles to light the house.
Neymar’s football career has helped him change lives. One project he funds back home is an institute in his name which provides 2,500 children with activities including coaching.
He will be able to do even more in that line thanks to his blockbuster move to PSG.
The French giants have been pursuing Neymar for years, really stepping up their attempts to land him in the last couple initially before he was eventually persuaded to sign a new contract at Barca last October.
When it became clear that him staying was the likely outcome, PSG made an unsuccessful move for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
They turned back to Neymar this year and have finally got the marquee name at the peak of his powers they have been craving to be a figurehead for their footballing project.
Neymar’s wages were agreed at least a month ago with the Frenchmen spending the days and weeks since working out how they can structure the deal without breaching FFP regulations.
His dad pulls the strings but this is the summer the player decided it was time to make the move too.
Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract, signed last month, helped convince Neymar he could never achieve his dream of being the No.1 player in the world if he isn’t even No.1 at the Nou Camp something he can never be while the Argentinian is there.
Source: Adrian Kajumba|Mirror