The work of Football Leaks in recent days is nothing short of extraordinary.
The whistleblower has made some serious allegations against major figures and clubs in football which, if true, paint the beautiful game in a rather disappointing light.
Their report into Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, the most expensive deal in the history of the sport, is riveting.
PSG acknowledge that they paid €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona but additional payments, made to representatives and Santos, mean they paid a total of €252m.
Football Leaks’ report, published in Germany newspaper Der Spiegel, also claims that Neymar earns €30.5m per season after tax, providing he behaves appropriately.
Yet another detail of the 26-year-old’s contract has emerged - and it’s astounding.
According to the France 2 documentary - per Spanish publication AS - Neymar is paid €375,000 to adhere to PSG’s instructions surrounding behaviour.
Neymar responds to clapping bonus
One of the instructions is to applaud PSG’s supporters after each match.
How on earth did we get to a point where players are paid in part to clap supporters?
Anyway, Neymar has reacted to the claim on Instagram, and his message was clear.
Neymar says it’s just ‘Fake news’.
According to AS, PSG responded to the report by pointing out that there’s more to the bonus than simply applauding fans.
Factors such as punctuality, respect towards journalists and reporters and not betting on competitions in which PSG are involved in are also considered.
So Neymar and his teammates basically receive a bonus to ensure the French champions aren’t brought into disrepute.
This is something that midfielder Marco Verratti recently did when he was arrested for drink-driving.
It’s the second time in under a month that Neymar has had to deny a rumour about him.
When Mundo Deportivo and AS claimed he was eyeing a return to Barcelona, the Brazil international posted a video on his website declaring the story as false.
You get the sense that Neymar isn’t entirely pleased with the media right now.News Now - Sport News