Forbes has named Barcelona forward Neymar,
as the highest-earning under-25 athlete in the
Neymar who turns 26 next February earns $37
million a year.
In 2016, he signed a new five-year deal with
Barca worth $15m-a-year, but the report
indicates he earns much more away from the
The Brazilian takes first place ahead of golfer
Jordan Spieth ($34.5m) and NBA duo Kyrie
Irving ($29.9m) and Anthony Davis ($28.1m).
"The Brazilian wunderkind is the highest-paid
of the 25 and under set.
"The superstar's current contract ties him to
Barcelona until 2021. He is the only [football]
player to earn more off the pitch than on it,
including from sponsors Nike, Gillette,
Panasonic and Beats by Dre," Forbes said
after naming the 100 highest-paid athletes in
However, Neymar is only 18th on the overall
list, which is headed by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who boasts annual earning of $93m taking into account his salary and the money he receives from endorsements.
Earlier this year, Neymar was the only football
player to be named in Time Magazine's 100
most influential people on the planet.