Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is yet another top level Brazilian soccer player who entered the hall of fame of top earners. Currently playing for FC Barcelona Spanish club and a staple in his national soccer team, the young and ambitious player (he is only 23 years old) has a knack for tricks on the soccer field and scoring big number advertising deals.
Neymar Net Worth – $200 MILLION
Birth Name – Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Date of birth – 5 February 1992
Zodiac Sign – Aquarius
Birth Place – Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
Nationality – Brazilian
Height – 5′ 9″
Profession – Football player, Producer
Keeping the Eye on the Prize: Born and raised in the country which gave the world soccer legends like Pele, Garrincha, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Kaka, little Neymar was born in a family with tradition in soccer: his father was a soccer player as well and is currently advising his son in his stellar career.
At the young age of 15, Neymar was already playing for Santos FC and earning 10,000 reais per month. One year later, he was paid 125,000 reais per month (that is around $33,000). This was just the beginning of the Neymar net worth rise, currently estimated at $75 million.
He officially debuted in a match for Santos FC in 2009 and scored his first goal within the first week after being introduced on the field. From this moment on, nobody could stop Neymar. His dribbling style made him literally unstoppable and, during the first year of official career, he scored 14 goals in 48 matches (that’s one goal every 4 matches, not bad at all for a 17-year old).
At 18 years old, Neymar was third in line for the South America Footballer of the Year Award. That was in 2010. Two years later, aged 20, Neymar won the award. One year earlier, in 2011, he had won the FIFA Puskas Award.
FC Barcelona, Fatherhood and Stardom: Neymar became one of the youngest dads in professional soccer, at the age of 19. His then girlfriend, Carolina Dantas, gave birth to a baby boy in August 2011. Neymar is no longer in a relationship with the mother, but is actively involved in the upbringing of baby David Lucca.
In 2013, Neymar joined the ranks of prestigious Spanish soccer club SC Barcelona. The transfer fee was $62.5 million and Neymar agreed to an annual salary of $7 million.
The advertising deals started pouring in – Neymar is on the cover of 2 popular soccer video games, was featured on the cover of SportsPro magazine and signed endorsement contracts with Nike, Panasonic and Volkswagen (among others). His endorsement deals bring Neymar an estimate of $20 million per year.
Thus, the future looks very bright for the Brazilian boy who wanted to be just like his dad….