Details of Neymar’s contract with the American sportswear giant Nike, which ties both from 2011 to 2022 and which the company can expand unilaterally until 2024, have been published.
Nike divides teams into categories (A, B, C and D) and, depending on this, the remuneration of the Brazilian varies.
If he plays in a team from category A he will receive the total amount stipulated, but if he drops to a category B side, his remuneration is halved.
For a category C team, his money is halved again, whilst should his star fall as low as playing for a team in category D, he will get no money at all.
Thus, Nike qualified in 2011 that Chelsea, Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, Bayern, Inter, Barcelona and Real Madrid would all fall into Category A.
In the next tier would be the teams qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals in three of the last five years, in C the rest of Europe’s first division teams and in D, the Second Division sides.
These positions, according to Brazilian portal UOL Esporte, are updated periodically.
The Ballon d’Or is worth more to Neymar than the World Cup
The contract also includes individual and team goals.
A Ballon d’Or is the trophy that Neymar would earn most money from; yes, even more than a World Cup, Champions League or Olympic Games win.
The bonus for a Ballon d’Or success is 811,936 euros, increasing to a cap of 3,247,747 euros if he were to win the award on multiple occasions.
Winning the World Cup, however, would see him only receive 40,596 euros, or 24,358 as a runner-up.
On the other hand, if he is the best player or the top scorer in the tournament, 162,387 euros in each case would come his way.
In the Olympic Games the same thing would happen, 16,238 euros for gold, 81,193 for top scorer and 121,790 for being the best player.
Called up by Brazil, another clause
Neymar’s fees in this contract with Nike are also subject to his presence in the Brazilian national team, and he must play at least 70 percent of the matches.
His remuneration is suspended if his presence is between 30 percent and 70 percent and if it drops below that, Neymar isn’t paid at all.