Neymar collects £465,000-a-month ‘ethical bonus’ after PSG agree to contract demands
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Neymar reportedly earns a staggering £465,000-per-month ‘ethical bonus’ due to an unusual clause in his Paris Saint-Germain contract. The Brazil star signed a new deal with PSG this summer having switched to the Ligue 1 giants in a world-record £200million transfer from Barcelona back in 2017.
Neymar earns a mammoth salary at the Parc des Princes – as you’d expect for one of the world’s best players.
He has scored 87 goals in 117 games for the French side, as well as posting 52 assists, having helped them to three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de France and two League Cups.
Champions League glory still eludes PSG, and earlier this year there was speculation Neymar could be leaving, having previously been linked with Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona.
But the 29-year-old signed a new five-year deal back in May – and is paid a whopping bonus for being “friendly and available to fans”.
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That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, which reports that Neymar has cost PSG more than €489m (£419m) since he signed, including a gross annual wage of €43.4m (£37m) which will rise to €50.6m (£43m) from next year.
The Spanish publication, cited by Give Me Sport, says Neymar’s megabucks contract contains a clause which sees him paid an ‘ethical bonus’ of of €541,680 per month for being “courteous, punctual, friendly, and available to fans”.
That’s an eye-watering £465,000 every month – or £5.6m per year.
The clause means he has to “have the courtesy to greet fans before and after each game”, and requires him to avoid “any adverse comment about the team’s tactical choices”.
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And it is claimed that Neymar is not allowed to make “negative public comments about the club, those who work there and those who support it”.
Neymar’s time at PSG has had its flashpoints, despite the requirements of the ‘ethical’ clause.
Back in 2019 he was reportedly looking to move back to Barcelona, and was jeered during his side’s home game against Strasbourg.
Then coach Thomas Tuchel chose not to select him for a period, but on his return he scored a sensational overhead kick to win the game in stoppage time.
Neymar also hit out at PSG’s management of him after he returned from a spell on the sidelines in a Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund in February last year.
“It is hard after four games without playing. It was not my choice not to play, the club took this decision,” Neymar said.
“The club made this decision with the medical team. I wanted to play, I felt good. The club were afraid, and it is I who suffers from it.”
But he said he had “learned a lot” after signing a new deal back in May – later to be joined at the club by his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.
“I have grown as a person here, as a human being and as a player, too,” he told the PSG website.
“I have learned a lot. Things have happened that should not have happened,” he said.
“We had fights, a few sad times, but I am happy and proud to be part of the history of Paris St-Germain. I hope to put many more trophies on the shelf for PSG.”
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