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Neymar Sr: I Don't Owe the Tax Authorities Anything

  • AS, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:28 PM
Neymar Sr. has finally broken his silence about the investigation into his son’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona last summer. In an interview with AS, he admitted to receiving a total of 42 million euros ($57.4 million) from Barca in various installments over several years.

"It was my job to wrap up and boost the deal,” Neymar’s father and agent said. “We received 40 million because he left Santos earlier. We had better offers. I’m explaining this so my son can be at peace, I don’t want this to cause any confusion.” He added that it was his decision to go public with his son’s contract. “I asked [Barca President Josep Maria] Bartomeu to get out the contract to protect the Neymar family’s image. I repeat that I don’t owe anything to the tax authorities in Spain or Brazil, nothing at all. I hope they believe me, because we want peace.”

Neymar Sr. reiterated that he could have made even more money from Neymar’s eventual move from Santos if the player had run down his contract. “He could have left for free in 2014 and I would have earned 120 million euros ($164 million), because there were offers from other clubs for that amount. I hope this is the last time I have to come out and speak about this.”

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