Neymar Now World’s Highest Paid Footballer


Brazillian football star, Neymar is now the world’s highest paid footballer.

Neymar took on the “highest paid” player tag after signing a new five-year deal with his club side, FC Barcelona.

The 24-year-old Brazilian forward has ended speculations over his future at Barcelona by agreeing to a bumper deal with the Catalan club.

According to Spanish daily newspaper, Marca, Neymar will now earn €25m per year after tax,  surpassing Lionel Messi’s €22m annual income by €3 million.

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Neymar has three buyout clauses included in his new contract which will expire in 2021.

The value is fixed at €200 million for the first year of the deal, €222m for the second and €250m for the remaining three years.

Neymar’s lawyer Marcos Motta originally called the new contract the ‘biggest’ in football but afterwards quickly corrected himself saying – it’s not the biggest, it’s the ‘best’.

Neymar Now World’s Highest Paid Player

Neymar’s annual net earnings were set at 10.5m euros (£8.8m) a season initially.

Messi will be the next to sit-down with Barcelona to discuss a renewal of his contract that runs out in 2018.

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Barcelona still have no shirt sponsor for next season. However, club President, Bartomeu announced on Thursday that they should pass the 670m euros (£562.3m) mark for income generated in the 2015-16 season.

The club will finally announce her end of financial year figures later this month. Barcelona is also confident of striking a 200m euro (£168m) deal when they sell naming rights on the renovated Estadio Nou Camp.

Neymar made his competitive debut for Barcelona during the opening game of the 2013–14 La Liga season as a 63rd-minute substitute for Alexis Sánchez in a 7–0 win against Levante UD.

He scored his first competitive goal for the club in the first leg of the 2013 Supercopa de España against Atlético Madrid on 21 August 2013.