Brazilian superstar Neymar and his former sports goods manufacturer Nike are going separate ways after 15 years. “I can confirm that Neymar is no longer a Nike athlete,” Josh Benedek, spokesman for the US company, told AFP news agency. According to media reports, Neymar is instead negotiating a new mega-deal – with the German sporting goods manufacturer Puma.
The negotiations between the now 28-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker and Nike are said to have failed due to differing financial ideas, according to the Brazilian news website UOL. They were unable to agree on a sum, it is said. According to the website, talks between the company and Neymar’s agents had been deadlocked for months
Neymar cancels mega-deal with Nike and probably switches to Puma
Neymar was just 13 years old and still far from a professional career when he signed the sponsorship deal with Nike in 2005. The collaboration developed into a direct hit: Neymar became a world star and in 2017, when he switched from FC Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros, he became the most expensive player of all time
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The magazine “Forbes” estimates Neymar’s income this year at 95.5 million dollars including sponsorship contracts. After the end of Nike, the superstar is now apparently in negotiations with the German outfitter Puma – for a new million dollar deal.