In a significant development yesterday, the local authorities in Rio de Janeiro brought a substantial construction project on football sensation Neymar’s luxury estate to a grinding halt. The pause stems from a series of alleged “environmental infractions” that, if confirmed, could result in a hefty penalty reaching up to US$1 million.
The mayor’s office confirmed that the work on Neymar’s mansion in Mangaratiba, a picturesque location 130 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro, had been underway “without environmental authorisation.” Their attention was drawn to the matter following grievances shared on various social media platforms.
Upon investigation, officials uncovered multiple environmental violations including the diversion of a waterway, unauthorised extraction of water from a river, and unpermitted use of beach sand. Further, authorities noted the unlawful excavation and displacement of earth, stones, and rocks.
In light of these infractions, the next course of action, as per the mayor’s office, is to evaluate the extent of the transgressions and issue a fine accordingly. This penalty, considering the environmental damage inflicted, is expected to not fall short of five million reais.
Neymar’s father, Neymar da Silva Santos, who was present at the property during the inspection, was seen in a video dispute with officials, a clip released by authorities and featured by local press.
The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team player purchased the property in 2016. The mansion sprawls over a 10,000 square meter plot and is equipped with a helipad, spa, and gym. Presently, the 31-year-old striker is in recovery post an ankle surgery conducted in Doha, Qatar, in March and hasn’t played since February, fueling speculation about his future at PSG.
This news is based on a malaymail.com article.