Neymar leapfrogs Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo in top 10 list of best paid footballers

Neymar's €30 million annual salary after joining PSG from Barcelona does not make him the world's best paid footballer.

Brendon Netto
by Brendon Netto
4th August 2017

article:4th August 2017

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.”

Check out the top 10 best paid players in world football in our gallery above.

*Figures according to Presse Sports


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Neymar leapfrogs Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo in top 10 list of best paid footballers

Neymar's €30 million annual salary after joining PSG from Barcelona does not make him the world's best paid footballer.

10. ALEX WITSEL | TIANJIN QUANJIAN | €18M

10. ALEX WITSEL | TIANJIN QUANJIAN | €18M

9. GERVINHO | HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE | €18M

9. GERVINHO | HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE | €18M

8. HULK | SHANGHAI SIPG | €20M

8. HULK | SHANGHAI SIPG | €20M

7. GARETH BALE | REAL MADRID | €20.2M

7. GARETH BALE | REAL MADRID | €20.2M

6. CRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRID | €23.6M

6. CRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRID | €23.6M

5. LIONEL MESSI | BARCELONA | €25M

5. LIONEL MESSI | BARCELONA | €25M

4. OSCAR | SHANGHAI SIPG | €25M

4. OSCAR | SHANGHAI SIPG | €25M

3. EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI | HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE | €26.5M

3. EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI | HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE | €26.5M

2. NEYMAR | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN | €30M

2. NEYMAR | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN | €30M

1. CARLOS TEVEZ | SHANGHAI SHENUA | €38M

1. CARLOS TEVEZ | SHANGHAI SHENUA | €38M