The team did not release the terms of Neymar’s salary, but according to Spanish newspaper AS, Neymar will net €15 million (about $17 million) per year. That’s a €5 million bump from what he had been making, but unlike the buyout clause, his rumored new salary is still significantly less than Messi’s. The Argentine, 29, makes roughly $24 million per year.
Hours before Barcelona made the announcement, Neymar hinted on social media that the deal was imminent.
“I’m very happy to continue living this dream,” he wrote on Instagram. “Long live Barcelona and long live Catalonia.”
Fans, too, rejoiced over the news. His post earned nearly 1 million likes and more than 40,000 comments in less than 24 hours.
Neymar, who made his debut with Barcelona in the 2013-14 season, has helped lead Barcelona to several championships, including two La Liga trophies, two Copa del Rey championships and a Champions League cup. He has scored a total of 85 goals in 141 games and become an indispensable prong of the team’s striker triumvirate that includes Messi and Luis Suarez. Together, the three earned 131 goals last season, more than any other front three in soccer.
Messi and Suarez have not congratulated Neymar publicly on the new deal yet, but Barca defender Gerard Pique did.
“There was someone who said months ago that you were staying,” Pique wrote hours before Barcelona made its official announcement. “Congratulations, Neymar!”