Outside of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, there might not be a more popular soccer player in the world than Neymar Jr., The Brazilian sensation, who began his career at just 17 years old in 2009, has quickly risen the ranks of the European soccer scene. He has become one of the highest-earning players that the sport has ever seen. Now, he makes seven-figure money in a single week.
Neymar got his start at Real Madrid in their youth program, according to Celebrity Net Worth. While Real Madrid had legends like Ronaldo and David Beckham on their parent club, Neymar began getting noticed on their youth teams when he was just 14 years old.
At 17, he was called up to Santos in Brazil and immediately showed that he could hang with the adults on the soccer field. He scored 14 goals in 48 games as a rookie, but during his second year, he scored an astounding 42 goals in 60 games. Until 2013, Neymar was the face of Santos, then he made a move to Barcelona.
As one of the premier soccer clubs, Neymar teamed up with Messi and Luis Suarez to make one of the most frightening offenses in soccer. He stayed with that team for four years, but in 2017 he bought out his contract and transferred over to Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year, $350 million contract. While Neymar has been thriving with the club since, he has grown bigger as a brand, too.
Neymar as a brand
Neymar made waves in 2016 when he signed with Nike’s Jordan Brand. The historically basketball-centric brand used Neymar’s star power to expand its horizons into unfounded territories. While Neymar makes a cool $70 million a year on soccer, he also makes more than most athletes in a year on his endorsements (per Forbes).
From Beats headphones to DAZN, Electronic Arts to Gillette, and McDonald’s, Neymar is an international brand unto himself. Still not 30, he may not even be halfway through his career, either.
The global soccer world gets players younger than most other sports. When a player like Neymar comes out of the woodwork, they tend to transcend the game and become international commodities unto themselves.
Neymar doesn’t just spend his money on mansions and luxury, however. He also has a generous streak. The soccer star reportedly donates up to 10-percent of his earnings back home.
Despite playing in Europe, Neymar takes pride in his Brazilian heritage and returns the wealth to his home country as often as possible. With that kind of money, it makes sense that he would want to make the world a better place, too.
Neymar may not be at the level of wealth of his elders, Ronaldo and Messi. Still, he is well on his way to doing so, While many strive to make a million dollars in a year or a lifetime, Neymar does that every seven days and then some. His $95 million a year in earnings make him one of the sport’s top earners, and he shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
In two years, Neymar will again be a free agent, and as he enters his 30s, the pay that already sets him apart from the crowd could grow even more. The two sides are reportedly already discussing the next deal, according to Bleacher Report. With a baseline of $70 million annually, Neymar may break more records when he signs the next dotted line.
With $330 million in the bank already, look for Neymar to join the billionaire athlete club with Ronaldo before his career ends up. He has the star power, the talent, and the savvy to make this happen, and the scariest part is that he’s not even thirty.