NEYMAR: How the world’s most expensive footballer makes and spends his millions

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The much-anticipated move of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain is nearly completed as the French soccer giant has paid the record-breaking transfer fee to Spanish side Barcelona.

Neymar has been compared to Pelé and some believe he can even better than Lionel Messi.

While that is debatable, what is not up for debate is that Neymar is now the highest-paid footballer in the world and he is also one of the world’s most marketable athletes.

This all adds up to big contracts and a lavish lifestyle that includes boats, cars, and a famous on-again, off-again girlfriend. This is fitting for one of the biggest stars in the world’s most popular sport.

Neymar signed his first professional contract when he was 17 with the Brazilian club Santos where he was making approximately US$1.2 million per year.

Neymar signed his first professional contract when he was 17 with the Brazilian club Santos where he was making approximately US$1.2 million per year.playNeymar signed his first professional contract when he was 17 with the Brazilian club Santos where he was making approximately US$1.2 million per year.

 (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

 

In 2010, Santos rejected a $20 million bid for Neymar to join West Ham United in the English Premier League. He was just 18 at the time.

In 2010, Santos rejected a $20 million bid for Neymar to join West Ham United in the English Premier League. He was just 18 at the time.playIn 2010, Santos rejected a $20 million bid for Neymar to join West Ham United in the English Premier League. He was just 18 at the time.

 (Reuters)

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

 

At the time, Neymar’s agent publicly rejected a pay raise from Santos.

At the time, Neymar's agent publicly rejected a pay raise from Santos.playAt the time, Neymar’s agent publicly rejected a pay raise from Santos.

 (Getty Images)

SOURCE: UK Daily Star

 

Later that year, Neymar rejected an offer from Chelsea in the Premier League that would have paid him approximately $4.8 million per year. At the same time, Neymar was becoming an international star with the Brazilian national team..

Later that year, Neymar rejected an offer from Chelsea in the Premier League that would have paid him approximately $4.8 million per year. At the same time, Neymar was becoming an international star with the Brazilian national team..playLater that year, Neymar rejected an offer from Chelsea in the Premier League that would have paid him approximately $4.8 million per year. At the same time, Neymar was becoming an international star with the Brazilian national team..

 (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

 

Neymar then agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain in Brazil, making about $4 million per year..

Neymar then agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain in Brazil, making about $4 million per year..playNeymar then agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain in Brazil, making about $4 million per year..

 (Reuters)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

Huge pressure was placed on his shoulders when he was dubbed “The Next Pele.”

Huge pressure was placed on his shoulders when he was dubbed "The Next Pele."playHuge pressure was placed on his shoulders when he was dubbed “The Next Pele.”

 (Reuters)

 

Pele added even more pressure when he said that Neymar was better than Lionel Messi.

Pele added even more pressure when he said that Neymar was better than Lionel Messi.playPele added even more pressure when he said that Neymar was better than Lionel Messi.

 (Reuters)

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

 

In 2013, Barcelona paid $120 million to acquire Neymar from Santos.

In 2013, Barcelona paid $120 million to acquire Neymar from Santos.playIn 2013, Barcelona paid $120 million to acquire Neymar from Santos.

 (Albert Gea/Reuters)

SOURCE: UK Daily Mail

 

However, the transfer sparked controversy when it was revealed that $54 million of the transfer fee was paid to Neymar’s parents. This led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

However, the transfer sparked controversy when it was revealed that $54 million of the transfer fee was paid to Neymar's parents. This led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.playHowever, the transfer sparked controversy when it was revealed that $54 million of the transfer fee was paid to Neymar’s parents. This led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

 (David Ramos/Getty Images)

SOURCE: FC BarcelonaBBC Sport

 

Neymar signed a 5-year contract with Barça worth $76.8 million for an average annual salary of $15.4 million.

Neymar signed a 5-year contract with Barça worth $76.8 million for an average annual salary of $15.4 million.playNeymar signed a 5-year contract with Barça worth $76.8 million for an average annual salary of $15.4 million.

 (Reuters)

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

 

He’ll be making much more than that now. In addition to the record $263 million (€222 million) transfer fee, PSG will reportedly pay Neymar $53 million (€45 million) per year, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

He'll be making much more than that now. In addition to the record $263 million (€222 million) transfer fee, PSG will reportedly pay Neymar $53 million (€45 million) per year, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world.playHe’ll be making much more than that now. In addition to the record $263 million (€222 million) transfer fee, PSG will reportedly pay Neymar $53 million (€45 million) per year, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

 (Laurence Griffiths/Getty)

 

Off the pitch, Neymar’s endorsements pay him approximately $22 million per year.

Off the pitch, Neymar's endorsements pay him approximately $22 million per year.playOff the pitch, Neymar’s endorsements pay him approximately $22 million per year.

 (YouTube/Panasonic)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

In 2011, Neymar signed an 11-year deal with Nike worth $1 million per year.

In 2011, Neymar signed an 11-year deal with Nike worth $1 million per year.playIn 2011, Neymar signed an 11-year deal with Nike worth $1 million per year.

 (Albert Gea/Reuters)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

Neymar was the first footballer to have his own custom-made Air Jordan soccer cleats. While the left boot has the numbers 10 (his number with Brazil) and 11 (his club number), the right boot has the No. 23, something Neymar requested as an homage to Michael Jordan.

Neymar was the first footballer to have his own custom-made Air Jordan soccer cleats. While the left boot has the numbers 10 (his number with Brazil) and 11 (his club number), the right boot has the No. 23, something Neymar requested as an homage to Michael Jordan.playNeymar was the first footballer to have his own custom-made Air Jordan soccer cleats. While the left boot has the numbers 10 (his number with Brazil) and 11 (his club number), the right boot has the No. 23, something Neymar requested as an homage to Michael Jordan.

 (Nike)

 

He even has a pair of Jordan socks and not just with the Jumpman logo.

 

He was named Eurosport’s “Most Marketable Athlete” for 2013, the second straight year he topped the list.

He was named Eurosport's "Most Marketable Athlete" for 2013, the second straight year he topped the list.playHe was named Eurosport’s “Most Marketable Athlete” for 2013, the second straight year he topped the list.

 (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

SOURCE: SportsProMedia

 

He has also appeared on the cover of the video game series “Pro Evolution Soccer.”

He has also appeared on the cover of the video game series "Pro Evolution Soccer."He has also appeared on the cover of the video game series “Pro Evolution Soccer.”

 (Konami)

 

He signed on with L’Oreal to start an advertising campaign for Drakkar Noir.

 

Neymar also has endorsement deals with Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.

Neymar also has endorsement deals with Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.playNeymar also has endorsement deals with Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.

 (YouTube/Beats)

Source: Forbes

 

Neymar is even commanding cameos in Hollywood movies as he had a small role in “XXX: Return of Xander Cage.”

 

Neymar has expensive taste and his list of extravagent purchases includes an $8 million yacht that also costs $120,000 per year to maintain.

Neymar has expensive taste and his list of extravagent purchases includes an $8 million yacht that also costs $120,000 per year to maintain.playNeymar has expensive taste and his list of extravagent purchases includes an $8 million yacht that also costs $120,000 per year to maintain.

 (YouTube/Select Promo)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

He also has a vast car collection that includes a Porsche Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $400,000-550,000.

He also has a vast car collection that includes a Porsche Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $400,000-550,000.playHe also has a vast car collection that includes a Porsche Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $400,000-550,000.

 (YouTube/Trace Sports)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

Neymar was recently spotted driving an Audi RS-7, which starts at $114,000.

Neymar was recently spotted driving an Audi RS-7, which starts at $114,000.playNeymar was recently spotted driving an Audi RS-7, which starts at $114,000.

 (Manu Fernandez/AP)

 

Neymar also has a private jet.

 

It looks posh inside.

 

Neymar is also a big fan of Gaga Milano watches. He once spent about US$180,000 in one visit to a Gaga Milano boutique in Tokyo. That later turned into an endorsement deal.

Source: Gaga Milano

 

He appears to have very expensive taste when it comes to earrings.

He appears to have very expensive taste when it comes to earrings.playHe appears to have very expensive taste when it comes to earrings.

 (Reuters)

 

He has an extensive model car collection.

He has an extensive model car collection.playHe has an extensive model car collection.

 (YouTube/Canal de remmsbo6)

 

Neymar’s most recognizable expense is with him wherever he goes. Maintaining this hairstyle cannot be cheap.

Neymar's most recognizable expense is with him wherever he goes. Maintaining this hairstyle cannot be cheap.Neymar’s most recognizable expense is with him wherever he goes. Maintaining this hairstyle cannot be cheap.

 (Getty Images)

 

Although recently, he has gone with what appears to be a more natural look, like when he was spotted at the NBA Finals sitting alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Although recently, he has gone with what appears to be a more natural look, like when he was spotted at the NBA Finals sitting alongside Lewis Hamilton.Although recently, he has gone with what appears to be a more natural look, like when he was spotted at the NBA Finals sitting alongside Lewis Hamilton.

 (Getty Images)

 

Neymar has what has been described as an “on-off” relationship with Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine. She was spotted watching Brazil practice during the World Cup.

Neymar has what has been described as an "on-off" relationship with Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine. She was spotted watching Brazil practice during the World Cup.playNeymar has what has been described as an “on-off” relationship with Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine. She was spotted watching Brazil practice during the World Cup.

 (Leo Correa/AP)

Source: UK Daily Star

 

In June, he declared his “Never ending love” for Bruna. However, they have reportedly split.

Source: The Sun

 

Neymar has one son, Davi Lucca, from a previous relationship. Neymar reportedly pays $15,000 per month in child support.

Neymar has one son, Davi Lucca, from a previous relationship. Neymar reportedly pays $15,000 per month in child support.playNeymar has one son, Davi Lucca, from a previous relationship. Neymar reportedly pays $15,000 per month in child support.

 (Getty Images)

SOURCE: Forbes.com

 

It is unclear if Neymar had purchased a house in Barcelona. However, at one point he was staying in this rental property.

It is unclear if Neymar had purchased a house in Barcelona. However, at one point he was staying in this rental property.playIt is unclear if Neymar had purchased a house in Barcelona. However, at one point he was staying in this rental property.

(YouTube/NikeMonir9)

 

Who knows where Neymar will be living in Paris, but we can guess it will be nice.

Who knows where Neymar will be living in Paris, but we can guess it will be nice.playWho knows where Neymar will be living in Paris, but we can guess it will be nice.

 (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

 

Now check out another athlete who is also a fashion icon.

Now check out another athlete who is also a fashion icon.Now check out another athlete who is also a fashion icon

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