The world of Sports in general have not seen a billion dollar sport person ever, Tiger Woods was almost approaching that status before his rapid decline, it seems however that we are not going to wait too long!
Neymar Jr with a proposed or almost certain switch to PSG is the man to most likely accomplish this.
By the numbers:
He is to Earn 865k euros per week.
That is over three quarter of a million pound per week, or put it in another way, £45m per year.
With a reported £198m transfer fee and a five year contract, the initial outlay equals £423m, in today’s money, when converted to dollar, this is over half a billion dollar. $560m.
According to Forbes, Neymar is already the most marketable football player, ahead of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, when you compare earnings on and off the pitch.
The 25-year old is the only soccer player to earn more off than on the pitch, including from global sponsors Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre. He was the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers made by the Swoosh.
Total endorsement value stands at $22m that combines with his $15m earnings at Barcelona makes him the 71st and 18th highest earning celebrity overall and in sports respectively, this is set to change.
To put this in perspective, Ronaldo earns $35m from endorsement and 58m from football, while Messi earns $27m from endorsement and $53m from football, ok both earned more in endorsements but in relation to their football earnings, Neymar is currently worth more off the pitch than on the pitch.
With the switch to PSG raising his commercial profile even further, this is likely to raise his endorsements as more brands will certainly come as well as current brands increasing his fees or renewing his contract!
All these combined with his relatively younger age in comparison to Messi and Ronaldo, and the fact that his commercial values will probably extend beyond his playing career; it is not hard imagining him as the world first billionaire football player.