Numbers from Neymar’s big deal to move to Paris Saint-Germain are out, and they are massive.
The Brazilian superstar will reportedly make $1,025,000 per week at the Parc des Princes for a — wait for it — princely sum of about $54 million per year.
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That means Neymar, at age 25, will be the highest paid soccer player in the world, surpassing the $813,000 per week Carlos Tevez makes in China.
Neymar was given leave from Barcelona training on Wednesday to help sort out his future. From the BBC:
Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood to be ready to meet his release clause.
It means PSG’s total outlay across the initial five-year deal will come to £400m.
That’s about $475 million over the five years of the deal, quite an investment for a player who will now attempt to prove he’s as big a star as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He’ll also bear the burden of doing what Zlatan Ibrahimovic could not and fulfill PSG’s dream of a Champions League title.