Having grown up in fairly humble beginnings, the life Neymar now leads is quite different from the Sao Paolo neighbourhood he was born into.
And while the figures surrounding his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain are absolutely eye-watering to everyone, few from Neymar’s hometown would expect to see him become potentially the first £200million footballer.
But one man is set to benefit more than anyone else from the move – Neymar’s Dad.
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Neymar Senior acts as his son’s agent, and the amount of money he has earned in the past six years is absolutely staggering.
Rough estimates suggest that should Neymar’s move to PSG go through this week, his father will have earned a whopping €116million in the past six years from his son’s talents.
Not bad work if you can get it.
In 2011, Neymar Snr was given €10million for a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona, before Neymar signed two years later from Santos, earning his old man a cool €40million.
Last year, he earned €26million after his son signed his new contract at the club, but the next bumper payday could come in a matter of days, with estimates suggesting he is in line for a €36million package when his son signs for the French side.
However, there is a slight hitch – if Neymar signs for PSG before Monday, there are reports that he could lose his Dad £23million, thanks to a clause in his son’s contract.
That would suggest that we are unlikely to see a deal done on Sunday, but in these crazy times we live in, who really knows?
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