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Topic - Neymar
In his first season at Barcelona, there's been no escaping Neymar's public profile of selfies, tweets and big-money advertising campaigns. The message on the field, though, hasn't been quite so impressive.
Real Madrid lost 2-1 at Sevilla on Wednesday in the aftermath of its stinging "clasico" defeat as it slipped behind in the Spanish title race, while Atletico Madrid and Barcelona kept winning to move ahead of their rival in the standings.
Pele is counting on Neymar to lead Brazil to a World Cup title and erase the painful memory of the last time the country hosted the tournament.
Brazil showed its national team is in better shape than the country's stadiums with a 5-0 thrashing of South Africa on Wednesday, and defending champion Spain overcame Italy 1-0 in its final big test before the tournament kicks off, as teams prepared for the World Cup in a series of friendly matches.
As if the off-field saga surrounding Neymar's transfer wasn't providing enough of a distraction, now even Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is being questioned.
Barcelona paid 13.55 million euros ($18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities on Monday to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar, all the while maintaining its innocence of the fraud charges levied against it.
Barcelona paid 13.55 million euros ($18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar, while maintaining its innocence of fraud charges.
Barcelona's president backed the signing of Neymar, saying the club had no regrets over how it signed the Brazil forward despite being charged with tax fraud to the bewilderment of the team's coach.
A Spanish court charged Spanish league champion Barcelona with tax fraud of 9.1 million euros ($12.5 million) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar.
Barcelona forward Neymar has returned to training after being sidelined by a right ankle sprain.
Brazilian club Santos was never told about a 2011 payment from Barcelona to Neymar's father to guarantee the rights to sign the talented youngster, its president said Wednesday.
Neymar's father said Tuesday that Barcelona paid his company 10 million euros ($13.3 million) in 2011 to guarantee the right to sign the talented Brazilian player.
Sandro Rosell's unexpected resignation as Barcelona president has left both friend and foe alike worried about what the future holds for one of Europe's most successful teams.
The president of Spanish champion Barcelona resigned on Thursday to fight criminal accusations he misappropriated funds from the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar.
The president of Spanish champion Barcelona resigned on Thursday to fight criminal accusations he misappropriated funds from the signing of Brazil forward Neymar.