At 25, Neymar hasn’t reached his peak. However, the Brazilian striker has become famous for his clutch performances and spectacular goals. This season, he carried Barcelona towards an improbable 6-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain and is the maestro of the Brazilian national team. In the next European transfer window, Neymar could become the world’s most expensive player.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United are willing to pay big bucks for the Brazilian sensation. The Red Devils would be willing to pay his 200-million-euro release clause. Also, they would make the striker the best-paid athlete in the English Premier League: 25 million euros per season.
Manchester United certainly has the money to pull such a move. They’ve finished the 2016 fiscal year as the world’s richest club.
This is not the first time that United has tried to sign Neymar. The striker resigned from Barcelona last year, turning down Manchester United. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City also tried to bid for the player.
A big game player
Throughout his career, Neymar has been the definition of clutch. The striker scored a goal in the Copa Brazil final, at 18, and in the Copa Libertadores final, at 19. After moving from Santos to Barcelona, he netted in two Copa del Rey finals and in a Champions League final. Last year, Neymar scored the winning penalty to win the Olympic gold medal for Brazil. All of that happened before his 25th birthday.
Neymar has also 51 goals for the Brazilian national team. That’s good enough for making his the fourth top scorer in the team’s history. The ranking is led by Pelé (97 goals), Ronaldo (62), and Romário (55). But if Neymar keeps his scoring pace, he should surpass Pelé before his 30th birthday.