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.
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.
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