In 2015, the Barcelona star Neymar was charged by Brazil’s federal tax office with evading £16.5million in taxes due on income from sponsors and his Santos and Barcelona wages between 2011 and 2014.

Now, he had his initial fraud charges dismissed, and with these initial charges dropped, the £52.4million fine handed to Neymar last year by the Brazil’s tax office will be halved.

The tax appeals court ruled that he could cede his image rights to family businesses and dismissed federal auditors’ charges that the companies were created to avoid paying tax.

Following the player’s appeal last year, the case could not be proved by the auditors that Neymar should have paid the individual tax rate of 27.5% on the income instead of the lower corporate tax rate.

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