Who owns Neymar? Third-party ownership of players in Brazil

Pitaco do gringo's Brazilian football site

Third-party investors have swamped the market in Brazil. BMG had 25% of Oscar’s economic rights when he moved to Chelsea. DIS hold 40% of Neymar’s economic rights and 68% of Paulo Henrique Ganso. – Read the complete article on third-party ownership here in the November 2012 edition of World Soccer magazine

Extract: Brazil is flexing its economic muscle more than ever before.  As well as hanging on to its young stars for longer periods, it has a newfound ability to attract big names such as Clarence Seedorf and Diego Forlan. Consequently, the results have come on the pitch and the last three Libertadores have been won by Brazilian teams.

The force driving this success is the myriad of investors who are bankrolling the clubs. Part ownership of players by third parties has become the norm. It’s a set-up that can be baffling, and at times chaotic – and has…

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