Sunday August 9 2020
Neymar earns as much as Atalanta

PSG have a very different status to their Champions League quarter-final opponents, as Neymar’s salary covers the entire Atalanta squad wage bill.

The two teams go head-to-head in the opening Final Eight fixture in Lisbon on Wednesday night.

Paris Saint-Germain already travelled to Portugal to set up in their Faro base yesterday, while La Dea are due to leave Bergamo on Monday.

La Gazzetta dello Sport took a look at the finances of these clubs and found a quite extraordinary statistic.

When analysing the wage bills, Neymar alone earns as much as the entire Atalanta team put together.

The Brazilian is reported to have a salary worth €36m per year, whereas the top earners in the Atalanta squad are Papu Gomez, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata on €1.2m per year plus performance-related bonuses.