Barcelona star Neymar accused of tax evasion by Brazilian authorities

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Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has been accused of tax evasion by authorities in his homeland, according to ESPN.

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It means he becomes the second player from the Catalan club to be accused in recent years – fellow South America Lionel Messi continues to fight a lengthy legal battle against a similar problem.

Brazilian magazine Epoca claims that tax officials in Brazil have actually be investigating Neymar for more than one year, with the allegations relating to a period between 2011 and 2014.

It is claimed that 115 million Brazilian reals ($38 million) flowed into a firm called N&N Consultoria Esportiva e Empresarial under suspicious circumstances. Both of the striker’s parents are listed as partners in the company.

It is far from ideal news for Neymar, as he tries to focus all his energies on the Champions League final between Barcelona and Italian side Juventus on Saturday night.

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