The world of soccer looks to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the top two players in the world, but the PSG and Brazil striker Neymar is on his way to becoming as famous across the planet. As with most top athletes in the world, the striker has become a brand himself, with his earnings making him the third best paid athlete in 2019. His earnings for the past year are estimated at $105 million- $75 million from wages and winnings, and an additional $30 million from sponsorships.
Why does Neymar earn so much?
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior began his career in his home nation of Brazil where he played for Santos from 2009-2013, before making the switch to the Catalan giants of Barcelona. Neymar joined Lionel Messi at Barcelona and contributed to one of the most successful periods in the history of the Spanish giants.
It was at this time that Neymar made his way to the upper echelons of the global game of soccer. When still playing for Santos, Neymar sprang to relevance when top European clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona battled to sign him from his hometown club. Playing alongside Lionel Messi obviously played a role in Neymar becoming a global icon. He scored 68 goals in just 123 games for Barcelona, despite often playing second fiddle to the Argentinian.
It does not hurt the potential for Neymar earnings that he comes from Brazil, one of the world’s most influential soccer nations. Unlike his former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi, Neymar remains an icon in his home nation and has never fallen from grace among fans of his national team. Now the focal point of the Brazilian national team, Neymar is the only soccer player in the top three in the to receive more from his off-the-field activities than on, with around 61 percent of his earnings coming from endorsements.
How does Neymar stack up against his contemporaries?
At 27 years of age, Neymar is by far the youngest of the world’s top soccer players with a weekly wage of over $800,000. Despite the fact, both Ronaldo and Messi are older and have been at the top of their game for long they have yet to match the salary offered by Paris Saint Germain to the Brazilian. Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 was the most expensive transfer the world at $263 million.
What we can see when we compare Neymar with the Portuguese and Argentinian stars is that he picks up far more of his money off the field than on. This is despite the latest Neymar earnings showing he makes an amazing $41 million per year at the French club. Both Messi and Ronaldo earn around one-third of their earnings from endorsements, but hail from far smaller countries than the Brazilian striker.