Neymar had not even played the halfway point in his footballing career when he found himself among the best-paid and most commercial athletes on the planet.
The PSG star has already netted over 300 goals at club level and hit over a half-century for his country, with his decision to leave Barcelona for Paris making him the highest earner in European football.
The Brazilian exceeded Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to weekly salary by joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2017
The former Santos starlet is well on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest sportsmen of his era, but how do his earnings stack up when compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo today?
What is Neymar’s net worth?
|Net worth:||$95.5 million (£71.5m/€80m)|
|Source of wealth:||Football contracts, endorsement deals, investments|
|Date of Birth:||February 5, 1992|
|Country of birth:||Brazil|
Neymar’s net worth stood at $95 million in 2020 according to Forbes – a considerable figure, but still considerably less than Ronaldo and Messi.
It is still an impressive figure for his age and, considering his earning power, should continue to rise between his PSG salary and various endorsements.
His status on the pitch and enduring popularity, particularly in Brazil, off it should ensure that the former Santos prodigy follows in the footsteps of his rivals and goes on to become one of the richest players of his generation.
How much does Neymar earn?
Neymar opened the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in a neighbourhood he spent part of his childhood in, Jardim Gloria, in the city of Praia Grande.
It is an establishment that aims to help transform the lives of poorer children in the region through educational, artistic and sporting initiatives that aid their development and give them a chance to reach their full potential. The complex serves over 2,000 such kids and their families.
“I could not come to Brazil and not visit [the institute],” Neymar said in 2017 during a trip home to attend his sister’s birthday party. “It is my family’s dream and I am always happy every time I visit. It makes me want to keep growing this and doing this the right way.”
In 2020, Neymar donated 5 million Brazilian real to charity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The money was split between UNICEF and a benefit fund in Brazil.
He has also contributed to causes devoted to the procurement of clean water sources