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Neymar criticized for controversial mega-New Year’s Eve amid pandemic in Brazil


Brazilian PSG star Neymar is at the heart of a new controversy over his behavior off the pitch, with Brazilian media assuring that he would organize a giant end-of-year party for dozens of guests near Rio de Janeiro, despite the second wave of Covid-19.

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According to Ancelmo Goes, columnist for the newspaper “O Globo”, the Seleçao striker was to receive 500 people for this long-term New Year’s Eve which would have started on Saturday, to end only on January 1.

Neymar would even have installed a soundproofing system in an annex of his villa to avoid disturbing his neighbors, in an ultra-secure luxury housing estate in Mangaratiba, a seaside resort 130 km from Rio.

The laptops of guests confiscated to prevent leaks

Léo Dias, journalist author of numerous scoops on celebrities, for his part detailed the names of Brazilian stars who would perform in concert during the festivities, such as Ludmilla or Wesley Safadao.

The mobile phones of guests would be confiscated at the entrance to avoid any leak in the press or on social networks.

The player’s entourage categorically denied, assuring in a statement that there was “No party” in Neymar’s villa.

Sources close to a musical group scheduled to perform on this New Year’s Eve, however, confirmed to the channel CNN Brasil that he would give a concert there.

A New Year’s Eve “in accordance with standards”

The agency Fabrica, specializing in events, for its part mentioned in a press release the organization of“A New Year’s Eve which will receive around 150 people in compliance with the health standards determined by public bodies”, without citing the name of Neymar.

“If it is more contagious, the new variant of Covid-19 will take precedence over the others”

The town hall of Mangaratiba, a town of 41,000 inhabitants which has taken restrictive measures to avoid any gathering during the end-of-year celebrations, told AFP that it had not received “No information about this holiday”.

On social networks, the striker, who has not played since his ankle injury on December 13, against Lyon, has been content in recent days to post photos of his family, without any comment about this controversial New Year’s Eve , of which he would be the organizer.

Neymar, who has been playing for Paris SG since 2017, was born in neighboring Sao Paulo state, but he usually stays in his villa in Mangaratiba every time he returns to Brazil.

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According to Brazilian media, this luxurious residence built on a 10,000 m2 plot has a helipad, football and tennis courts, a sauna and a weight room.

It was there that he spent the confinement from March to June, as well as his convalescence for several months after serious foot injuries, in 2018 and 2019.

Brazil is the second country most bereaved by Covid-19, with more than 191,000 deaths according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.



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