The transfer of Neymar to PSG in 2017 was a major event in world football. The Brazilian superstar joined the French club for a world-record fee of €222 million, making him the most expensive player of all time.
The transfer was controversial from the start, with some accusing PSG of using state aid to afford Neymar’s wages. The French government denied these allegations, but the investigation continued.
On Monday, January 18, 2024, the investigation took a major turn when the offices of the French Ministry of Finance were raided. The raids were carried out by the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Tax Fraud (Oclciff), a specialized unit of the French police, accordind to AFP.
The raids were reportedly focused on allegations that PSG received tax breaks from the French government to help finance the Neymar transfer. The Oclciff is also investigating whether any individuals or companies involved in the transfer may have committed tax evasion.
The raids are a significant development in the case. They suggest that the French authorities are taking the allegations of state aid seriously. If the allegations are proven, it could have major implications for PSG and the French government.