Neymar became the highest paid footballer on the planet in August 2017 following the completion of his record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.
The Brazilian forward, who was 25 at the time and cost PSG a cool £200 million, is understood to be earning an eye-watering £775,477 every week at the Parc des Princes.
This puts him ahead of every other footballer in the world: including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar could retire now and never need to work another day for the rest of his life.
Whether he’s worth that amount of money every week is up for debate.
He’s certainly produced the goods in terms of numbers. In 45 appearances for the Parisians, Neymar has netted an impressive 40 goals.
He also helped PSG win three trophies last season: Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue.
However, Neymar was brought to Paris to help the club become European champions for the first time in their history - and unless he achieves that primary objective, he will never be regarded as a true success.
More details about Neymar’s contract have now emerged and there’s one particular clause which is guaranteed to raise plenty of eyebrows.
According to the France 2 documentary - per Spanish newspaper AS - Neymar earns a ridiculous “behaviour bonus” fee for following a series of instructions.
One of these instructions is to applaud PSG’s fans after each fixture.
Yep, Neymar is paid €375,000(!), in part, to clap his supporters after matches.
If this doesn’t prove that money in football is out of control then we don’t know what does.
It seems absurd that Neymar would need a financial incentive to do something which every footballer should want to do for free.
Besides, it’s not as if Neymar needs the extra money.
AS claim PSG have pointed out that the clause involves more than clapping fans after games.
It also factors in punctuality, respect towards journalist and not betting on competitions in which PSG are involved. Again, all things that footballers should be doing anyway.
A clip from the documentary - per @hughwizzy on Twitter - also suggests that Neymar is paid yet more money for not criticising the manager’s choices.
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