A ubiquitous figure, Neymar, continues to dominate and monopolize headlines all over. The media can’t seem to get enough of the man and who can blame them. His boyish charms and immaculate footballing skills make him one of the most marketable athletes in the world. In 2013, Barcelona acquired Neymar from Santos for a fee reported to be around $124 million. Most recently, the country’s heartthrob was stretchered off the pitch in the Quarter final World Cup match against Columbia.
The player suffered a fractured vertebra and was ruled out of the tournament. Whether the injury proves to be detrimental to Brazil’s chances in the World Cup remains yet to be seen.
(Updated: Losing Neymar their star player seems to be the breaking point for Brazil. Brazil was crushed 7:1 by Germany)
His boyish looks and charms coupled with impressive skills has set him apart from the rest
It shouldn’t be all too gloomy in the Neymar camp though. Unlike most of us, he can still cry his heart out in his exorbitantly priced mansion. Neymar is simply a money magnet who has a net worth of $50 million. In 2013, SportsPro magazine even listed Neymar as the most marketable athlete on the planet. The Brazilian easily usurped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Usain Bolt, Rory Mcllory, and Lionel Messi to claim the coveted spot.
Named as one of the most marketable footballers in the world, Neymar has build up an impressive number of supporters and fans
His annual income stands at $33 million. The footballer accumulates a fortune of $17 million annually from salary, and the remaining millions reach his bank vault through various endorsement deals. The companies Nike, Castrol, Panasonic, L’Oreal, Unilever, Santander and Volkswagen have all invested ludicrous amount of money in Neymar. He has also lent his services to the game Pro Evolution Soccer; the man appeared on the covers of the 2012 and 2013 editions.
At only 22 years old, Neymar still has many more world cups where he can redeem Brazil's lost glory and rewrite history for the nation of Brazil
He added another feather to his cap in 2013 when the acclaimed TIME magazine made him the first Brazilian athlete to feature on its cover. His soaring popularity has even tempted cartoonist, Mauricio de Sousa, to depict the star as a comic book character in Monica’s Gang.
Like most footballers, Neymar would also bear the responsibilities of being a father at an early age. His son, David Lucca, cried for the first time in 2011; Neymar was just 19 years old when Carolina Dantas gave birth to his son.
Neymar's jersey has shot up the top seller's list
During the first week of the World Cup, owing to Neymar’s sublime performances, his jersey sales went through the roof. The sales quickly catapulted the star’s jersey to the top-seller list. If the trajectory of the footballer’s current success is anything to by, we could be looking at the next Ronaldo.