Neymar‘s accomplishments have made him one of the biggest soccer stars in the world. The 24-year-old forward has played alongside the great Lionel Messi in Barcelona since 2013. Barcelona paid roughly $93 million dollars to acquire Neymar from Santos FC. So far the investment has paid off with Neymar becoming one of the top 3 scorers in Champions League.
Neymar Net Worth as of 2016: $90 Million
This is great, especially when you consider his age and the total value of his remaining contract. His potential was recognized at a very young age. It also helps that his father played soccer and has been an excellent manager for him. Forbes has him listed as a Top 25 earning athlete and top 100 earning celebrity with an annual income of $37.5 million. With Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being five and seven years older than Neymar respectively, it only makes sense for his net worth to come close that range when he gets older.
2009 – 2013
He made his pro debut at the age of 17 with the Santos FC in Brazil. In his first season he scored 14 goals in 48 games. He would earn $4 million per year on the pitch and another $4 million per year in endorsements. January 2013 would conclude his final season with Santos FC. On May 24, Santos announced that they had two offers for Neymar. Several days later, Neymar announced that he would be joining FC Barcelona. His initial contract would be a five-year deal.
2014 – 2015
An investigation into the transfer fee would begin. This resulted in the Barcelona club president resigning and the club itself was investigated for tax fraud. Later that year Neymar would play for Brazil during the FIFA World Cup. Later in the tournament he would suffer a fractured vertebrae after getting kneed in the back by a Columbian player. He won the tournament’s Bronze Boot for being the third best scorer. Neymar would also be Golden Ball award candidate. Copa America didn’t go too well for Neymar. He ended up with a four match ban in a $10,000 dollar fine due to intentionally kicking the ball at another player.
He was one of the few over 23-year-old players included in Brazil’s squad for the Olympic Games in Rio. In Brazil’s first match with Columbia, he would score the first goal and assist with the second. He scored twice in Brazil’s match with Honduras. Brazil won 6-0. Brazil would beat Germany in the finals 5-4 on penalties. Neymar scored the winning penalty kick. Some former Brazilian players were not a fan of his conduct on the field. Neymar would abdicate his captaincy after the Olympics.
After experiencing so much success internationally, it makes sense for Neymar to eventually become one of the sport’s top earners of all time. His current contract will put him well over the $100 million mark. He will likely be re-signed for a much larger contract due to Messi not having a lot of time left in his career. And the endorsements often dwarf what an athlete actually makes from playing.