REVEALED: Barcelona Paid Santos A Mere €17m For Neymar


Barcelona’s club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, recently revealed how much money the Catalan club paid for the young Brazilian. Josep admitted that the club paid over €100 million for the player – €17 million of which, went to Santos FC.

Since the player’s move in 2013, many believed that the now 24-year-old cost the Catalans just over €50 million. However, the official breakdown has been disclosed by Josep Bartomeu.

ESPN published Bartomeu’s full statement:

“I think we’re mixing up concepts, I’ll explain,” he began.

“The cost of signing the player was €57 million, which is what was paid: €17.1 million to Santos and €40 million to the player’s father.

“Moreover, he reached the final of the Ballon d’Or: an extra two million. Those €59.1 million and the €5.5 million from the agreement with the public prosecutor’s office and the State Attorney’s Office, that’s the cost of the deal.

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“Another thing is the overall cost of the operation. And this is an amount which is over €100 million.”

The Catalan president has confirmed that his club only paid a mere €17.1 million to the club where Neymar began his career. Considering today’s market, where Gonzalo Higuain is worth £75 million and Paul Pogba is valued at £92 million, that is an utter bargain.

The 24-year-old has been subject to investigations regarding his transfer from Brazil. The investigations were initiated by DIS, a Brazilian investment group, who claimed that they owned just under 50% of Neymar’s rights. However, the official terms of Neymar’s transfer were not released.

Neymar has just recently signed a new deal with the Spanish giants. The new deal is set to earn him around €24.8 million a year (half of which goes for tax), and it will expire in the year 2021.


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