Neymar has earned an estimated £126 MILLION while sidelined during injury-plagued career, staggering data suggests

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FILE - Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
FILE – Brazil’s Neymar celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal from the penalty spot during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Neymar has earned an estimated £126 MILLION while sidelined during injury-plagued career, staggering data suggests

  • The Brazilian attacker has spent 918 days out injured, the equivalent of 2 years, 6 months, 5 days and counting, according to research
  • Neymar’s gross wage data shows a potential earning of £138,070 for every day out with an injury or illness, which works out as a huge £700k per game missed over the course of his career
  • At Al-Hilal, he is reported to be earning a salary of £130million gross wages every year, a number bettered only by fellow Saudi Pro League player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar has earned an estimated £126million while injured during his career, new research suggests. 

Football fans won’t have been surprised to find out that the injury Neymar Jr suffered during Brazil’s World Cup qualifying match, against Uruguay, was more serious than first feared. The Al-Hilal winger has been plagued by frequent injuries throughout his career ever since his earliest days at Barcelona.

Ranging from minor knocks to, most recently, an ACL tear, his injuries have resulted in months-long career pauses and a plethora of missed matches.

Interested in how much he has earned during these absences, OLBG used gross wage data collected from WageIndicator and Capology in order to calculate earnings during his so far 918 days spent on the sidelines.

Neymar Jr’s gross wage earnings during time spent injured:

SeasonDays outGames missedGross wages accumulated during absence
2013/20145717£1,555,285.71
2014/2015373£1,548,714.29
2015/20163911£2,757,857.14
2016/2017143£1,258,000.00
2017/201811524£10,448,571.43
2018/201918036£15,582,857.14
2019/20207716£9,449,000.00
2020/20219522£8,170,000.00
2021/202213525£15,621,428.57
2022/202313917£49,642,857.14
2023/2024307£10,714,285.71
Total918181£126,748,857.14

Having spent nearly three years of his career out injured, the now 31-year-old has accumulated a whopping £126,748,857 in gross wages. This has meant missing 181 matches for both club and country, including pivotal national and Champions league matches.

The enormous contract offered by current club Al-Hilal means every day he spends out injured and recovering from his most recent injury will result in him earning £357,142.86, or £2,500,000.00 per week.

However he has earned the most money while injured at PSG, accumulating just over £591k from injuries and absences during the 2017-2022 seasons.