It’s been estimated that Neymar has a net worth of $185 million. Here’s how his impressive career and big-name deals have netted him that money, and how the one-name player spends.
Who is the most impressive player in all of Soccer? The decades-long careers and massive endorsement deals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have may tempt you to pick them. But if you go about it in terms of the most impressive player in their prime, you may be more likely to pick the Brazilian forward simply known as Neymar, of Neymar Jr.
At just 26, Neymar has seen several years of great success across different teams and different leagues around the world. Proving himself to be an exceptionally versatile forward, he currently plays for Paris St.-Germain in Ligue 1 and made an immediate impact on the team his first year, despite a season-ending injury. He has won dozens of individual awards, led his teams to several division championships, and has won both silver and gold medals as an Olympian.
Such impressive accomplishments at such a young age have, unsurprisingly, led to quite the payday for Neymar. He’s already one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, and if he continues to play at an elite level, his salary is only going to go up.
Neymar da Silva Santos was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil on February 5th, 1992, to Nadine da Silva and Neymar Santos senior, who used to be a professional soccer player and trainer.
In his early childhood he was well-known in his neighborhood for his street soccer skills, and in 2003 he played in the youth ranks of the team Portuguesa Santista. After moving to the city of Sao Vicente, he joined the club ‘Santos FC’ in 2003 at only 11 years old.
Neymar’s senior team debut match for ‘Santos FC’ was in 2009, and he quickly became one of the team’s most valuable scorers and later helped them to win the ‘Libertadores Cup.’
Neymar was awarded the ‘World Soccer Young Player of the Year’ and the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of the year in 2011. As of 2018, Neymar Jr.’s net worth is $185 million.
Forbes claims that Neymar makes $17 million off of his various endorsement deals. Likely the biggest of these deals is his long-term deal with Nike; not only does Neymar have Nike cleats, but his own custom model of Air Jordans.
It’s far from his only sponsor, though. Neymar Jr. has appeared in commercials for McDonald’s, Beats by Dre and Gillette. Neymar also has a deal with Red Bull, which sponsors his worldwide competitive football tournament Neymar Jr’s Five.
Neymar’s wealth has allowed for multiple expensive homes in the various countries he has been lucky enough to play in. Perhaps his most impressive one, though, is in his home country. Neymar purchased an €8 million mansion in Brazil in October 2016. Located on a gated estate called Portobello, the massive property boasts tennis courts, swimming pools, a gymnasium and a helipad.
After signing with PSG, Neymar purchased a five-story mansion in Paris that includes, among other things, a large indoor swimming pool and garden. Not long after, however, it was reported that security concerns made the footballer decide to move out and to a more secluded location.
Here are some of the best highlights of Neymar Jr.’s career:
- Ligue 1 Player of the Year – 2018
- Bola de Ouro – 2011
- UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer – 2015
- FIFA FIFPro World XI – 2017
- World Soccer Young Player of the Year – 2011
- Nickelodeon Brazil Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Athlete – 2015 & 2017