The Paris Saint-Germain star, the world’s third-highest-paid footballer,donated part of the money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the rest to a charitable fund in Brazil.
Neymar, followed in the footsteps of PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, who last month made what was described as a major donation amount undisclosed to a French charity helping fight the impact of COVID-19.
The donations come as high-paid footballers face pressure to forego some of their salaries amid the crisis, which has ground the sporting world to a halt and left some clubs struggling to pay their staff.
Neymar is riding out the pandemic at his luxury villa in Mangaratiba, a resort town outside Rio.
He faced criticism last week after he was photographed relaxing with a group of friends on a beach volleyball court, even as half the world’s population, including most of Brazil is in confinement to slow the virus’ spread.
His press team said he was receiving no visitors and was in quarantine at a “completely isolated” residence with people who made the trip from France with him.