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Neymar Reportedly Found Guilty of Tax Evasion: Latest Details and Reaction

Barcelona's Neymar grimaces during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Matt JonesFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2017

Barcelona forward Neymar has reportedly been found guilty of tax fraud by a Brazilian court and slapped with a €45.9 million fine.

According to Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo (h/t Moises Llorens of AS), it's been ruled that the Selecao skipper did not appropriately declare earnings from deals with former club Santos, the Blaugrana and sportswear giant Nike. Neymar has the right to appeal the sanction.

"According to the court ruling, Neymar used his company, Neymar y Deporte Marketing y N + N, N & N Consulting y Gestion de Activos, to avoid the payment of €56.36 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014," Llorens wrote.

It’s also reported the 24-year-old "used false contracts to circumvent paying the full tax amount due."

In a separate case, Neymar is also being investigated by Spanish authorities. This process, which saw the player appear in court in February to testify, is in regards to allegations of fraud as part of his transfer from Santos to Barcelona in the summer of 2013.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02:  Neymar of FC Barcelona leaves the National Court on February 2, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. Neymar was giving evidence over allegations of corruption and fraud surrounding his transfer to FC Barcelona.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty
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Earlier this year, Neymar and his father were also ordered to pay a €100,000 fine over unpaid tax amounts from 2007 and 2008.

On the field, it's been a fine season for the Brazil star, having been shortlisted for the coveted Ballon d'Or award and shining for Barcelona.

This season, he's wreaked havoc among opposition defences both in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, with 23 goals scored in those competitions.

Alongside team-mates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, many have argued the European champions are in possession of the most talented attacking lineup in the game's history.

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