The Insane Amount PSG Paid for Neymar Could Have Built a Stadium!

Published 09/07/2021, 8:49 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 16: Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Reims at Parc des Princes on May 16, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)


The amount of money that footballers earn is jaw-dropping. Wealthy owners of the top clubs shower them with funds for improving their squads and bringing top-class players. One club stands out amongst the biggest spenders in football, Paris Saint Germain. The French club is one of the top teams in Europe with an immensely talented squad. Significantly, the transfer fee that they paid for Neymar, along with his wages, cost more than Olympique Lyonnais’ new stadium.

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PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 16: Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Reims at Parc des Princes on May 16, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

How much does Neymar earn?

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Ever since he arrived from Barcelona, Neymar has been PSG’s standout player. With his silky skills and sublime vision, the Brazilian winger is an incredible sight at full flow. To get talented personnel, clubs have to pay exorbitant amount.

Sticking to that context, his transfer fee and salary combined amount to $580,217,777. The amount of money involved is so astonishing that it eclipses Olympique Lyon’s stadium which cost $480,548,465. His salary per week is $1,184,785.

PSG’s transfer policy is often questioned as to how it manages to not violate the FFP regulations. Moreover, 14 players earn above the $137,926 salary range. Most clubs in the world have a lower wage budget than the French giants. 

The next obvious question would be whether they can win the UEFA Champions League; the most coveted club trophy in soccer.

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After his long illustrious career in Barcelona, Lionel Messi left the club and signed for PSG on a free transfer. La Liga’s financial restrictions meant that the Spanish club couldn’t afford to retain the services of the Argentinian captain.

Apart from Messi; Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Nuno Mendes arrived at the Parc des Princes in one of the most-insane transfer windows ever by a club.

PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 19: Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi warmup during a Paris Saint-Germain training session at Ooredoo Center on August 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

With pace, technique, and physicality this PSG side looks intimidating on paper. Although their players are on astronomical wages, they have enough quality to compete among the very best. If they win the Champions League, it would be the first in the history of the club. They certainly have the squad to achieve that.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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