Twitter reacts to claims Jonjo Shelvey earns more than Barcelona and Brazil superstar Neymar

Newcastle United skipper Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United skipper Jonjo Shelvey

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Neymar's basic wage to play for Barcelona is less than under-fire Jonjo Shelvey's is for Newcastle United, according to reports.

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And the news has sparked a big reaction on Twitter after papers reported to detail Brazilian superstar Neymar's contract with the Catalan club were released.

Neymar

Neymar

It comes after the Telegraph reported that Shelvey will continue to be paid his whopping £80,000 a week salary to play in the Championship next season, should Newcastle be relegated.

That's because there was no agreement in place for the former Swansea City midfielder to have his wages cut should the club drop into the second tier.

Samba star Neymar - reported to be on a basic salary of £77,000 - has netted 27 times this season and the 24-year-old came third in the Ballon d’Or awards – with Cristiano Ronaldo and winner Lionel Messi ahead of him.

Newcastle, under Mike Ashley's ownership, have not inserted relegation clauses into the contracts of all players.

The club's take has been that an insistence on such clauses would have hindered its recruitment.

Here is some of the best Twitter reaction:

Burger Tsar @Samegreattaste Apparently Jonjo Shelvey earns a bigger basic wage at Newcastle than Neymar at Barça hahahahaha #nufc

Dan Jarvis @danjarvis17 So according to papers Jonjo Shelvey is on 80k per week to stand in centre circle and try and hit 50 yard passes every time! Good business

Lee Askew @LeeAskew_ Jonjo Shelvey's agent must of been crying with laughter when #nufc agreed to pay him £80k a week. Unbelievable.

Tall Paul @TallPaul_H I'm in the wrong job if Jonjo Shelvey can rake in £80k a week!

Daniel Morgan @DMorgan08 Jonjo Shelvey (£80k) earns £3,000 a week more than Neymar (£77k). That is truly incredible.

Ronnie W @Ekbalco A perfect example of the stupidity of thinking money will solve problems. Its no good with heart to back it up

Paul Jones @pauljonesglts maybe they will get it from Wonga at 1200% Apr

Dave @bigdswansea Newcastle fans still think its a bargain. I hope they like league one.

John Grant @skyblue_boy ouch!

John Driffield @theSHEFF1 The fact they gave him 80,000 a week initially is absolutely hilarious.

Ste Chaderton @SteChaderton can't get my head around the fact that he earns over £4m a year - £20m over a 5 year deal

Andrew Musgrove @ADMusgrove There's paying the going rate and then there's this.

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