Neymar: Paris Saint-Germain superstar signs 35th endorsement deal which could prevent LaLiga return
Posted: 11 December 2018 Time: 16:00
Any chance of Neymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for a LaLiga return has significantly diminished with the Brazil superstar signing a staggering new deal.
Neymar, 26, has been subject to a sensational return to Spain with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both reportedly keen on securing his services next season.
However, PSG have taken a huge step in securing the long-term future of the world-record transfer holder after he agreed to sign a deal as the new global ambassador for the National Bank of Qatar (QNB).
The €222 million forward is said to be cashing in on £14m a year through 35 different sponsors, as per The Sun, but the latest could be a huge factor in his football career.
With around 209 million social media followers, Neymar, 'shares the same values with QNB and its constant pursuit of excellence and achieving great results in every game', his father Neymar Santos Sr said in the statement as the deal was announced.
Including salary and taxes over five years, Neymar will cost about €500m, more than what you'd normally pay for an entire club in France - which provides another major stumbling block for a future transfer amid the recent implementation of Financial Fair Play rulings.
The football player's contract with QNB comes as his club is set to terminate a more than decade-long relationship with Emirates Airline.
Yousef Darwish, General Manager of QNB Group Communications, said: "Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Neymar Jr is a true sport icon who inspires fans worldwide to strive to reach the ultimate standards of excellence.
"Neymar Jr is undoubtedly the best brand Ambassador with whom we share the same values that will bring a lot of passion to deliver an exceptional experience to our customers.
"This partnership with Neymar Jr enhances our brand awareness in international markets, where QNB puts great devotions, in line with our global business strategy, and further strengthens our leading efforts to develop the communities where we operate across our growing international network."