On February 5, 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar marked their birthdays. Ronaldo who currently plays for Juventus turned 36-year-old while Neymar who currently plays for Paris Saint Germain turned 29-year-old.
The two players belong to two different generations in the history of football. Ronaldo ought to belong to the outgoing generation while Neymar ought to belong to the reigning generation.
But due to how great the football ability of Cristiano Ronaldo is, he is still among the reigning football stars whose relevance in the game can not be ignored. He is one of the few football stars who have won titles in three of the major leagues in Europe – Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A.
As for Neymar, he is one of the players that was touted to take over the reign of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and that of his birthday mate, Ronaldo. Unfortunately for him, injuries and inconsistency in his performance have not helped him much to attain his full potential.
Even though Neymar has not been able to win as many personal honors as the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, the Brazilian is regarded as one of the top players in the world and sometimes mentioned in the same category as Messi and Ronaldo.
Besides that, Neymar is one of the highest-paid players in the world. The Brazil international has been earning as much as other world-class footballers since he joined PSG in 2017.
Currently, Neymar is earning more than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese football icon who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now Juventus, accepted a pay cut to join Juventus in 2018.
It however cost Juventus €117milion to bring him to Italy which was 20million lesser than the amount Real Madrid paid to bring the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner to Spain in 2009.
According to reports, Ronaldo is paid about €35million-per-year. This means that Ronaldo earns €670,000-per-week. When the figure is broken down further, it means that Ronaldo earns €96,000-per-day and €3,995-per-hour from Juventus.
On the other hand, Neymar who left
FC Barcelona to join PSG in 2017 for a world transfer record worth €222millon, reportedly earns €37million-per-year. If this figure is broken down, Neymar earns €711,000-per-week, €101,000-per-day, and €4,200-per-hour from PSG.
So far in the 2020-2021 season, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 goals and provided 3 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions for Juventus. While Neymar has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists in 16 games in all competitions for PSG.
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