Europe football powerhouse Barcelona has signed goal-scoring machine Neymar to a fresh five-year extension that will keep the Brazilian with the Catalan ballclub through 2021, per ESPN FC.
According to reports, Barcelona already signed Neymar last December but the announcement of the deal was delayed due tax issues the footballer is facing in Spain and Brazil.
“According to the outlet, the new contract was signed in December when Barcelona were in Japan for the Club World Cup, but any announcement was held up because of issues surrounding the Brazilian’s recent tax cases with Spanish and Brazilian authorities.
Neymar’s new accord with the Catalan club, which will begin this summer, will last until June 2021, according to the report. His previous deal was set to expire in 2018.”
Although the terms of the contract have not been released, it is expected that Neymar will be the second-highest paid player behind Lionel Messi on that star-studded Barcelona roster.
Since his arrival at Camp Nou in 2013, Neymar blossomed into one of the best attackers in Europe, eventually becoming a rival of established stars Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the coveted Ballon d’Or this year.