Neymar has signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona that will make him the second-highest-paid player on the team behind Lionel Messi, ESPN Brasil has reported.
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 club, which will begin this summer, will last until June 2021, according to the report. His previous deal was set to expire in 2018.
The player’s father, Neymar Sr., had previously stated that his son would not sign a new Barcelona contract until his his tax “concerns” were sorted with the Spanish authorities.
Since joining Barca, Neymar has matured into one of the finest players in world football and finished third behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.