Bayern Munich fans threw fake €500 notes at Neymar as he took a corner during their clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night, in apparent mockery of Neymar’s move to PSG this summer, and the French club’s heavy spending.
Neymar reportedly earns €74m a year following his €220m transfer from Barcelona. PSG’s Qatari backers have allowed them to test the limits of Financial Fair Play regulations.
Bayern Munich currently have a wage bill of €180m a year, funded in part by their €110m deal with Allianz, €900m kit arrangement with Adidas, €30m-a-season Deutsche Telekom shirt sponsorship, and the recent announcement of a sleeve sponsorship deal with Hamad International Airport, Qatar.
Club president Uli Hoeness was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for tax fraud that cost the German state more than €28.5m.
The German club have used their last four winter breaks to make trips to Qatar for training camps.
Bayern won the game 3-1 with goals from Robert Lewandowksi, and two from Corentin Tolisso. €180m man Kylian Mbappe scored PSG’s only goal.
PSG top the group with all games played, and Bayern have finished runners-up in the group to qualify for the knockout stage.