Just hours after testifying in Spain, Barcelona striker Neymar faced a fresh legal brawl on Tuesday when Brazilian prosecutors filed a tax evasion and forgery case against the 23-year-old.
Officials in Brazil say the allegations against the Barca forward cover a seven-year period from 2006.
Neymar’s father, two former presidents of Barcelona, Alexandre Rosell Feliu and Josep Maria Bartomeu Floresta, were also accused by the Prosecution Service in Santos, Neymar’s home town.
The full document of charges issued by the Brazilian Prosecutor’s Office accuses all four of tax evasion and fraudulent misrepresentation, citing the Barcelona forward’s father, Neymar Sr., as “the mastermind behind several acts of contractual fraud in managing Neymar’s image rights”.
It is alleged that companies were set up as fronts in order for the striker to pay a lower rate of tax.
This case is a separate one to that which is being investigated in Spain regarding Neymar’s 2013 transfer to Barcelona, in which the forward gave testimony on Tuesday.
Neymar appeared in court in Madrid in connection with fraud allegations surrounding his transfer. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Barcelona valued the transfer at about $62 million, but Spanish authorities think it added up to more than 83 million euros.
The prosecution’s statement said: “They forged a series of documents between 2006 and 2013 with the intention of reducing the taxes owed to the Inland Revenue in Brazil.
“Neymar’s conduct, along with the others accused, caused millions in losses to the public coffers.”
A judge must now decide whether the case goes forward.