Neymar’s £31million assets frozen by Brazilian court over tax evasion

Brazilian authorities have seized assets from Barcelona forward Neymar, worth £31.3million, over unpaid taxes.

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Neymar after Celta Vigo score their second of the game

Controversy: Neymar has had £31m of his assets seized

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Judge Carlos Muta earlier this month took the decision to take the goods, with the Brazilian tax authorities still demanding nearly £11million in undeclared taxes from Neymar’s accounts between 2011 and 2013.

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The courts have also frozen the accounts of Neymar’s father and his companies Neymar Sport & Marketing, N&N Consultancy and N&N Administration of Goods, Participations and Investments.

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Brazilian tax authorities believe that the player and his father evaded taxes by declaring the money received during his blockbuster move from Santos to Barcelonain 2013 as being business earnings.

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FC Barcelona v Levante UD

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It has also been claimed that Neymar omitted from his tax declarations a raft of publicity deals, image rights and other contracts signed with Barcelona, in the period 2011-2013.

Judge Muta argued that his decision to seize the assets was justified as all the wealth of these companies was derived “exclusively” from the 23-year-old’s work.

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Lionel Messi looks dejected after Iago Aspas scored his team's second goal

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Neymar joined the Spanish club in June 2013 after a successful career at Santos but his transfer has been a source of controversy.

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Then Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said Neymar cost €57.1million.

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His successor Josep Maria Bartomeu eventually admitted the total cost came to €86.2million, once additional payments to the player and his family had been included.

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Rosell resigned in January 2014 after a judge decided to investigate and called him to testify in the case. – Mirror

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