In what has been described as the ‘transfer of the century’, Neymar has signed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain after his €222 million release clause at Barcelona was triggered.
The Brazilian won the Champions League and two La Liga titles with the Camp Nou outfit and will reportedly earn €30m net per year at PSG, or close to €600,000 each week after tax.
However, that still doesn’t make him the best paid footballer in the world.
Despite having Carlos Tevez hold that title as a Shanghai Shenua player, raking in €38 million a year, Neymar can revel in the fact that he now earns more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
At a press conference on Friday, the 25-year-old stressed his desire to help PSG achieve their dream of European glory.
“I wanted a new challenge. This was about ambition. My heart told me that it was time to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. It was the right time to leave Barcelona and find new challenges.
“I was never motivated by money. I thought above all else about of the happiness of my family, regardless of money. I regret that some people think this is the case.”
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*Figures according to Presse Sports