Neymar is just 22-years-old, but he has the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders as he tries to lead Brazil to the World Cup finals in his native country.
He has been compared to Pelé and some believe he is even better than Lionel Messi.
He is also one of the most marketable athletes in the world.
This all adds up to big contracts and a lavish lifestyle that includes boats, cars, and a famous girlfriend. This is fitting for one of the biggest stars in the world’s most poplar sport.
Neymar signed his first professional contract when he was 17 with the Brazilian club Santos where he was making approximately $US1.2 million per year.
In 2010, Santos rejected a $US20 million bid for Neymar to join West Ham United in the English Premier League. He was just 18 at the time.
Later that year, Neymar rejected an offer from Chelsea in the Premier League that would have paid him approximately $US4.8 million per year. At the same time, Neymar was becoming an international star with the Brazilian national team..
Neymar then agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain in Brazil, making about $US4 million per year..
However, the transfer sparked controversy when it was revealed that $US54 million of the transfer fee was paid to Neymar's parents. This led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.
Neymar signed a 5-year contract with Barça worth $US76.8 million for an average annual salary of $US15.4 million.
He was named Eurosport's 'Most Marketable Athlete' for 2013, the second straight year he topped the list.
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Neymar has expensive taste and his list of extravagent purchases includes an $US8 million yacht that also costs $US120,000 per year to maintain.
He also has a vast car collection that includes a Porsche Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $US400,000-550,000.
Neymar's most recognisable expense is with him wherever he goes. Maintaining this hairstyle cannot be cheap.
Neymar is currently dating Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, who was recently spotted watching Brazil practice.
Neymar has one son, Davi Lucca, from a previous relationship. Neymar reportedly pays $US15,000 per month in child support.
It doesn't appear that Neymar has purchased a house in Barcelona yet. However, he has been staying in this rental property.
Of course, if Neymar leads Brazil to a World Cup win on his home soil, his marketability and earnings will soar even higher and he will be able to purchase any house he wants.
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