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Topic - Neymar
Neymar scored his second international hat trick to lead Brazil over South Africa 5-0 Wednesday night and Cristiano Ronaldo had a pair of goals to set Portugal's career scoring record in a 5-1 win over Cameroon as all 32 World Cup teams prepared for 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.
As Champions League rallying cries go, Gerard Pique struck an unusually downbeat tone for a Barcelona player - particularly when speaking in the stadium of his team's opponent Tuesday in the second round of the Champions League: Manchester City.
January's onslaught of Copa del Rey games has finally yielded semifinal brackets, with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid facing off in a crosstown derby and Barcelona playing Real Sociedad in the two-leg matches.
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.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is concentrating on keeping his players focused on the games ahead in the aftermath of the sudden departure of club president Sandro Rosell.
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.