Neymar’s Barcelona contract dwarfed by rival stars

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Premier League clubs will have to fork out £153million if they are to tempt Brazilian ace Neymar away from Spanish giants Barcelona this summer.

Football Leaks have managed to get hold of yet another world superstar’s contract with the 24-year-old being the next victim of their series of revelations.

The former Santos man surprisingly earns just £77,000 a week despite being one of Barcelona’s main men along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

 

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The document also reveals the player’s release clause – which is set at an eye-watering €190million (£152million) – while making clear that no pre-contract existed between Sao Paulo and Barcelona.

The website, which has also claimed to have released the paperwork behind deals for international footballers such as Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, and Luis Suarez in recent months, published a link to a scanned document purportedly signed by the player upon joining Barcelona from Santos is 2013.

It suggests that Neymar, the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or runner-up who has twice been named by SportsPro as the most marketable athlete in the world, earns a basic salary of €5million-a-year.

This breaks down to a weekly fee of £77k per week, which is substantially less than the salaries of many other elite players.

 

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File Photo of Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo


Neymar’s team-mate, the Argentinean forward Lionel Messi, is believed to earn almost four times that amount with a basic weekly wage of £275,000. The contract of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is meanwhile thought to be in the region of £288,000 after tax.

Players willing to transfer to the newly cash-rich Chinese Super League can demand even more. The striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, who in February left Paris Saint-Germain to join Hebei China Fortune, earns a mooted weekly fee of £400,000 before tax.

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is understood to be the highest-paid player in the Premier League, pulling in a weekly fee of a £250,000.

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney (image via Search Engine)

Although Neymar’s alleged basic pay is a lot less than widely believed, the contract – which is signed with the names of the Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell – reveals a generous signing-on-fee of £6.8million, as well as a series of lucrative bonus fees and top-up payments.

These come listed alongside the assurance that, with bonuses, the footballer is guaranteed to earn a figure of at least £39.7million over the five years of the contract. The contract also promises that Barcelona will make up the difference should Neymar not receive enough of these performance-related bonuses to earn that sum.

Among these clauses comes an appearance bonus that stipulates Neymar will earn a fee of £875k if he features in 60% of the club’s matches in a season, as well as a Champions League bonus, which sees the player earn £514k every time qualification to the competition is assured through league position.

Neymar then allegedly earns a further £343k when progression from the group stage of the competition is assured.

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As is to be expected for a player of Neymar’s stature, the contract lists a series of reward payments for success in various tournaments. Winning La Liga earns the player a premium of £514k, with glory in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey resulting in payments of £685k. Winning all three of the competitions, as Barcelona managed last season, results in an increased cumulative sum of £1.37million.

Should Neymar win the Ballon d’Or – an award previously regarded as purely ceremonial by supporters – the club will pay Neymar a further £340k.

This is not the first time the 24-year-old has had details of his personal finances revealed to the world, after details of a lengthy Brazilian federal case investigating alleged tax evasion were published earlier this year.

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A Brazilian court moved to freeze assets belonging to the player as part of the investigation, issuing warrants to block more than £32million worth of assets owned by the player and his family. This included his private jet, a yacht, and a multitude of properties in his homeland.

Neymar stood accused by the Sao Paulo federal court of evading 63 million reais (£11m) by concealing earnings through a network of three companies belonging to his family, although the player himself denies any wrongdoing.

 

Credits: Telegraph.co.uk

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