Neymar Jr Net Worth 2015
Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Date of birth: 5th February, 1992
Place of birth: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Total Net Worth: $80 Million
Net Worth 2015: $33.6 Million
Barcelona Salary: $17.6 Million
Endorsements: $16 Million
Current Agent: Wagner Ribeiro
Neymar Jr Net Worth
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly known as Neymar Jr. or just Neymar in short, is one of the leading football players of current times. He is on the national team of Brazil where he is the captain, and he also plays in FC Barcelona, the Spanish club. He plays as a winger or forward. Born on 5th February, 1992, at Brazil’s Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, he is among the highest earning footballers now. So let us look at Neymar Jr. Net Worth 2015.
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22-year old Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. is considered one of the most skillful soccer players of modern times and also counted among the best prospect of Latin American football. This native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, showed excellent performance in 2014 FIFA World Cup last year. Neymar earned a total of $33.6 million in the last season of football according to the Forbes list of richest players. From his club, he earned a total of $17.6 million as salary. From his endorsements of many globally reputed brands, Neymar earned $16 million in total. Besides Neymar’s father’s active contribution in his financial decision making, Wagner Ribeiro is also currently serving as his agent.
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When he was just 17 years old, Neymar signed his first major contract with the reputed Brazilian team Santos which paid him approximately $1.7 million per year as his salary. He eventually signed a contract extension with Santos which paid him $4 million per year where his salary increased. Neymar signed a contract with Spanish club Barcelona worth $124 million in 2013 which was approximately $50 million more than originally reported. Neymar will get $74 million in salary over the course of the next five years. He also had $13 million signing bonus besides his basic salary. From several of his famous endorsements such as Castrol, Police sunglasses and L’Oreal, he earns in millions. For a 22-year old footballer, his total yearly income of approximately $32 million is quite breathtaking.
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While talking about the prospect of Neymar, legendary former Brazilian footballer Pele once stated that he is “an excellent player”. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, besides another great player of modern times Cristiano Ronaldo, was selected to appear in the covers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. In February 2013, Neymar was featured in the cover of TIME magazine and became the first Brazilian to achieve that feat. In May 2013, he was named as the most marketable athlete on earth by the SportsPro magazine. While defeating globally renowned athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Rory McIlroy and Usain Bolt, Neymar achieved the top place on the list.
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In 2010, Neymar’s club Santos rejected a £12 million bid for Neymar from English Premier League club West Ham United. Club Santos again rejected his offer from another English club Chelsea which was widely rumored to be worth £20 million. After the rejection of his club, Neymar once stated, “I’m focused only on Santos”. Wagner Ribeiro, his agent, on the contrary, stated, “He wants to become the best player in the world. The chances of him doing that while playing in Brazil are zero.” Neymar admitted, about Chelsea’s interest in him, that is was a “dream” of his “to play in Europe” a year after the incident in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
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While playing for youth side Portuguesa Santista, Neymar Jr. first started his football career when he moved with his family to São Vicente in 2003. In late 2003, the family moved to Santos. Neymar then joined the Brazilian club Santos FC. Neymar’s family bought their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro, after his amazing success of his youth football career and growing income. At the age of 15, Neymar was earning 10,000 reais per month and the living standard of his family was started to improve drastically. Neymar was earning 125,000 reais per month by the age of 16. He then selected to play in the Santos first team after he signed a full professional contract with Santos. After his first professional contract, Neymar started receiving several sponsorships.
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Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano while talking about Neymar stated, “I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual actions result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the pitch.” Brazilian legend Pele on a contrary while talking about Neymar’s diving when tackled said, “He is a player with a body that can’t take a lot of hits. A lot of times he will fall because he can’t do anything else, but he was overdoing it,” and added, “Even when he is fouled, he can’t make a spectacle out of it.” While talking about his fellow teammate Neymar, FC Barcelona soccer star Xavi stated, “(he) is a great player, has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world.”
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Neymar, raised a Christian, reportedly tithes his income to his church and said, “Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ,” while talking about his faith towards Christianity. At the age of just 19, Neymar became a father to a baby boy in August 2011 with his ex-girlfriend Carolina Dantas. David Lucca, his baby boy, was born in São Paulo but Neymar’s is not in a relationship with David’s mother Carolina. While talking about his son David, Neymar Jr. stated, “I cried when I learned that I would be his father. At first, I felt fear. Then joy. It is a new responsibility and I am now enjoying it.” He then signified his son’s birth as “2.8 kilograms of pure happiness”.
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In March 2011, Neymar Jr. signed an 11-year contract with globally reputed American sportswear company Nike. On the same month, Electronics Company Panasonic also signed a two year contract worth of US$2.4 million with him. Neymar eventually signed various endorsement contracts with several reputed companies such as Tenys Pé Baruel, Volkswagen, Ambev, Claro, Lupo, Santander and Unilever. From all of his endorsement, he earns an estimated total of €20 million on a yearly basis. In November 2012, advertising agency Loducca created Neymar’s own personal brand logo. The logo designed for him derived from his name Neymar Junior and featuring the N, J and R. The “N” in his new logo was styled to match his jersey number 11.
Neymar created a huge sensation in popular social media by his polished skill and growing talent and reached 48.6 million Facebook fans in October 2014. He also reached the fourth highest social media rank in the world among athletes, behind only to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. In June 2014, Neymar was featured with supermodel Gisele Bündchen on the front cover of Vogue’s Brazilian edition to mark the World Cup organized in Brazil. In April 2013, the famous Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa created and released a Monica’s Gang comic book featuring a much younger version of Neymar Jr. as the main character.
While promoting a particular Brazilian modern pop music called Música sertaneja, Neymar Jr. is quite well known for being an icon of the genre. The video of him in which Neymar dances to the tune of Michel Teló’s hit “Ai se eu te pego!” in the Santos locker room in front of teammates went viral on the social media as it got amazing number of hits in couple of days. With Teló, Neymar also appeared live in one of his concerts. On renditions of Gusttavo Lima’s hits “Balada” and “Fazer Beber”, Neymar also appeared live with the artist. In the music video of super hit sertanejo song by João Lucas &amp; Marcelo called “Eu Quero Tchu, Eu Quero Tcha” Neymar again made a cameo appearance in 2012. He again appeared on a rap music video by MC Guimê called “País do Futebol” in 2013.
Neymar has turned out to be very popular as a footballer. He has secured a place in the hearts of millions of football fans all over the world, with his great skill, regular appearances in the media and even his unique hairstyles. In fact, it is expected that he will create some greater moments in football than what he already has, and will be remembered for his gameplay.