According to ESPN Brazil, Neymar has penned a new five-year contract with Barcelona that will keep him under club control through the summer of 2021.
The report states that Neymar’s contract makes him the second-highest paid player at the club behind Lionel Messi. That would mean his contract is worth roughly somewhere between the $220,000 and $275,000 per week value that falls in the middle of Messi and Luis Suarez’s paychecks, putting the three-headed monster at the front of Barcelona’s attack at the top of the club’s salary list.
It also states that this contract was agreed upon back in December while Barcelona was in Japan competing in the Club World Cup, but they could not announce the new deal due to Neymar’s ongoing tax situation with the Spanish and Brazilian governments.
Neymar’s previous deal was set to expire in the summer of 2018, meaning he would have gone into next season with just two years left on his contract, something clubs never want to do to avoid unneeded transfer speculation.
The 24-year-old has scored 18 goals in La Liga this season. Between him, Messi, and Suarez, they have scored 58 of the club’s 67 league goals. Neymar was most important during Messi’s five-game injury absence through October and early November, when he scored eight goals and assisted three others.
There are rumors that the club plans to upgrade Lionel Messi’s contract this coming summer as well.