Meet Soccer's $600 Million Man (Or What Qatar Is Doing While Its Economy Collapses)

Tyler Durden's picture

Brazilian superstar soccer player Neymar (yes one name... on the right in the image below), just smashed all previous records for crazy spending by European football soccer teams.

Dwarfing the money in America's NFL, NBA, or MLB, the 25-year-old forward has agreed to join French side Paris St.Germain (PSG) for a stunning EUR222 million ($250 million).

As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, the previous record, set last season when Manchester United bought midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, was an already astronomical €105 million.

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How can a deal like this come about? The answer is release clauses. It is reasonably common practice for players, not just the elite, to have a clause in their contract which would force the club to sell if triggered.

Neymar's is €222 million. While this is an obscene amount of money, it is by no means the highest release clause. Real Madrid and Portugal megastar Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly has a clause in his contract set at €1 billion.

The unprecedented scale of the deal also sparked rumours that Barcelona could make a complaint to European footballing organisation UEFA over a failure to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules. Introduced seven years ago, the rules are designed to stop clubs from spending more than they earn.

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This year he was placed third on Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid footballers behind Ronaldo and Messi.

Born in Mogi das Cruzes, a small city east of Sao Paulo, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is the only son of former professional footballer Neymar Santos and wife Nadine.

On the pitch, during his four seasons in Catalonia, Neymar has helped Barcelona win the Spanish league twice, the Champions League once, the Spanish cup on three occasions and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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While the transfer fee itself is a record, the now-former Barcelona player will also be paid £595,000 ($780,000) a week, it was reported. This means PSG will have to fork out £31million ($41 million) a year in wages, taking the total cost of the deal to more than £350 million over five years ($450 million).

With bonuses also included if he plays well, it could reach more than £450million ($600 million)!

But, as The Daily Mail reports, money is no issue for the French side, which is one of the world’s richest clubs following their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments (QSi), an arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund with access to £194billion.

QSI already has its own Masters golf tournament, sponsors the ‘Qatar’ Goodwood Festival and Royal Ascot, and is controversially set to host 2022 World Cup, a deal which has been surrounded by allegations of bribery and corruption.

The country - currently locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute with its neighbours who have accused its government of supporting terrorism - is seeing its economy collapse (and currency crash) as it is forced to import cows directly due to blockade shortages of milk, but is still willing to cough up all this money for one gifted young soccer player in the hope of winning Europe's biggest soccer competition - The Champions League... which has so far eluded them.


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Haus-Targaryen's picture

No .... 



>Autistic screeching 

Welcome to a world run by morons. 

dark fiber's picture

I just can't wait for the aftermath.

Manthong's picture


Boy, did I pick the wrong decade to be born and the wrong vocation.


..but I would not do the tats... not medically smart.




Occident Mortal's picture

Qatar are using their SWF money to buy soft power in Europe.

Buying a top soccer club in Paris and buying lots of top players and making themselves very visible to the European public is a neat way to purchase geopolitical allies at a time when the other Gulf countries and seeking to marginalise them.

It looks absurd to ordinary people. But this makes it tougher for EU banks to freeze Qatari assets when EU soccer fans associate that SWF with their number one mainstream sport / entertainment.

The heart of Rome is not the senate it is the colluseum.

Manthong's picture


understood...  bread and circuses.... the whole Qatar scam is a pile of crap.....

but the important question is....

Is she blond where it really counts?

nmewn's picture

Apparently yes, on his arm ;-)

Manthong's picture me on that one...   :-)


upside down and in the dark.. it does not matter.


my bad... might be some code pink fallout for that.

nmewn's picture

I knew what you meant but I would much rather see them defending the sycophantry & greed of one of their mean, if its really all about "identity-race-gender Balkanization" they have some mansplainin to do on a lot of fronts ;-)

Manthong's picture


.f them all....


I identify as a Martian

Four chan's picture

who is the seamen demon?  

nmewn's picture

Judging by the hair roots & eye color I'd say, a disenchanted medical student dropout ;-)

J S Bach's picture

All that cash for the most boring spectator sport imagineable.  No wonder France is being overrun.

847328_3527's picture

"The Qatarees are good people."


~Rumsfeld, 2006

MsCreant's picture

I make bank on you all, and I see .gov that's creeping

While thy qutar gently weeps

I look at the score and I see it needs heaping

Still thy qutar gently weeps


I don't know why nobody told you

How to they bankroll your gov

I don't know how someone controlled you

They bought and sold you


I look at the world and I notice it's churning

While thy qutar gently weeps

With every mistake you must surely be learning

Still thy qutar gently weeps


I don't know how you were diverted

You were perverted too

I don't know how you were inverted

No one alerted you


I make book on you all and I see .gov that's creeping

While thy qutar gently weeps

I look at the score and I see it needs heaping

Still thy qutar gently weeps

Manthong's picture

creds for the creative thoughts......

I love the parody

Manthong's picture


And ZH …



I try to keep focused on serious issues of financial import….


…and then I get slammed with skin, and  boobs cleavage.


ok... so that is a good thing

francis scott falseflag's picture

Too bad it didn't get a teeny weenie rise out of your avatar.


As we shuffle into the future, ZH will have to add

acceptable, clever porn to keep afloat.

spastic_colon's picture

the USA will never fully adopt "soccer" because they cannot jam a commercial in between every is great to watch especially the spanish, portugese and german teams..............not the US kickball teams.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Yes, right now.

But there is a proposal for FIFA to change the rules:

A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football's lawmakers

to deter time-wasting. Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with

the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play.  Lawmaking body the

International Football Association Board (Ifab) says matches only see about 60

minutes of "effective playing time" out of 90.


"The clock stopped when ever the ball goes out of play"


Hey, if the clock is stopped, why not have a few beer commercials?

After all, isn't that what the fans at home and in the stadium want: 



toady's picture

Hey, if the clock is stopped, why not have a few beer commercials?

Exactly. "The players could use a breather two or three times a period during clock stoppages..."

Everyone on the train to Madison avenue!


francis scott falseflag's picture

If they stop the clock and the players can rest for 30 out of 90 minutes,

it will be a different game.   Like stopping a 500 meter race in the middle

and letting the runners rest.


Just to sell some beer.


What a terrible decision that would be.  

BarkingCat's picture

Sorry but baseball and handegg (or as Americans stupidly call it football) are infinitely more boring.

So is golf....Although if golf is a sport then so is lawn mowing.


Actually, I don't give a shit about any sport.  I used to have season tickets to the Patriots until about 2 years after I moved out if the People's Commonwealth of Taxachusetts. Then watched these adult clowns until I got sick of their attitude. 

Most of these guys would be in jail or working some low wage shitty jobs if professional sports did not exist, and yet they were there constantly bitching about how they deserve more money.

Everyone should turn off sports, 

Greenspazm's picture

I find soccer on the TV one of the better therapies for insomnia.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Jhenny Andrade, UFC "Octagon Girl" from San Paulo, could be Bree Olson's sister.

Can't say if she's all blonde, shaved beaver - errh, I mean, gentlemen don't kiss and tell.

dgc0101's picture

We may never know:

Pubic Hair Grooming Prevalence and Motivation Among Women in the United States

logicalman's picture

A female friend of mine has a little saying.

When dyeing your hair do up a double batch.

That way you can have a snatch to match!

francis scott falseflag's picture


Where it really counts?


That would be Manthong's many erogenous zones.


Including his ability to imagine something from 

numerous angles while zooming in and zooming out

and zooming in and zooming out, and zooming in and

out, and in and out

OH, YES...... 

nmewn's picture

Speaking of gladiators, where are all the progs braying like jackasses about futbol?

I mean, these are "obscene" amounts of monies that could be taxed away and better used by altruistic bureaucratic class for after school programs, feeding starving children and padding their pensions & assorted cronies bank accounts.

There needs to be a law! ;-)

Manthong's picture



But… butt  they could not have the Russian athletes as scapegoats… and scam zillions from the western purveyors of alcohol, cosmetics, apparel and drugs.


thunderkiss's picture

I would love to see all the pussy this guy gets....

Greenspazm's picture

 It would drain his vital bodily fluids for the matches.

consider me gone's picture

He's probably got a towel rack on his headboard.

rpboxster's picture

After French taxes, he'll get to keep about 20% of that.

hound dog vigilante's picture


top Euro footballers have residence in Monaco and other tiny tax havens to avoid the bulk of the taxes they would otherwise pay if "living" in their club/home country... just like hundreds of pro glofers living in Florida paying zero income tax.

Manthong's picture


go for an MRI with your tats when you are an old fart, idiot.


and try donating blood when you are inked up to your ears.


,,if you live long enough.

Demon Slayer's picture

The guy looks like an MS13 gang banger..

Manthong's picture


seems like he got the chick, though....


GFC.. educate your daughters.

Myssina's picture

Ever want to see an aftermath? Start investigating doping and substance abuse in professional football soccer - Ferguson ain't nuffen'...

Manthong's picture

hoo boy...

take a look at the starched shirt, no waist, monster arm, yute cops nowadays,

how_this_stuff_works's picture


THESE are the people defending and enforcing the law.

walküre's picture

he will never see the money personally

sure, they pay him well and he gets lots of toys and play money but the vast majority will be transfered into slush funds

.gov is also on the take later-on because not even the "best" legions of tax attorneys can keep the cash clean (see Ronaldo and Messi problems)

Pro Sports in Europe (maybe everywhere) are a tool to funnel money

the big pay is pocketed by other people than the iconic model players

does anyone really think the real money masters would pay some dolt tens or even hundreds of millions to play with a freakin' ball?

the players get a percentage of the deals and the titans of sport are washing the rest

Diatom's picture


Just fiat money final stages...

Remember Voltaire and Rome...

ArthurDaley-OldieTimeTrader's picture

Four Chan, how long before the grand daddy of bubbles the US Debt bubble pops?


As all the bubbles are going to pop..  Toronto property Los Angeles property, Student loans, US Debt, Carmageddon loans, High end art market, You name it it is going to pop.

OhNo's picture

Somethings not right about this world.