Neymar has finalised an endorsement deal with Puma , media reports in his native Brazil said Friday, two weeks after the most expensive player in football parted ways with long – time sponsors Nike.
News of a deal between the Paris Saint- Germain star and the German sportswear giant was first published by the sports site Esporte Interativo , which is known for breaking the story of Neymar’ s transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 .
Citing “exclusive information, ” it said details on the deal and Neymar’ s first promotional appearances for Puma were expected “in the coming days . ”
Sports columnist Rodrigo Mattos of the respected news site UOL later wrote that he had confirmed Neymar and Puma had finalized a contract .
Neither Puma nor Neymar’ s communications team immediately responded to requests for comment .
Speculation has been flying that the 28- year – old striker would sign with Puma since his endorsement deal ended with Nike, the company that had sponsored him since he was a 13 – year – old prodigy .
Neymar had appeared to drop hints that a deal was close , said Esporte Interativo .
He recently followed Puma , PumaFootball and eight other accounts associated with the brand on Instagram , and posted a picture of himself Thursday with what appeared to be a statue of a puma in the background .
Neymar’ s last deal with Nike was reportedly an 11 – year contract worth a total $ 105 million .
Forbes magazine , which ranks him the world ’ s seventh highest – paid celebrity , estimates his earnings for this year at $ 95 . 5 million , including endorsement deals .
PSG paid a record 222 million euros for his transfer from Barcelona .
With his skinny good looks , tattoos , ever – changing hairstyles and huge following on social media, Neymar is one of the biggest names in sports and beyond — though his brand has been tarnished at times.
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On the pitch, critics accuse him of diving in matches. Off the pitch, he has faced accusations of tax fraud and a 2019 rape allegation .
Brazilian police later dismissed the latter case , citing a lack of evidence.
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