Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar Jr., one of the highest paid athletes in the world, has been approved to receive N43,000 ($120) welfare payment, meant for low-paid Brazilian workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has said.
However, the report said the scenario is a possible case of identity theft.
Neymar’s name, date of birth and Brazilian ID number were used to register for the stimulus payment from the federal government, local news site, UOL said.
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According to UOL, the request was approved and entered in the payment schedule, but was later frozen and the status read “under evaluation”, possibly due to non-compliance with the requirements.
UOL further said Neymar “obviously never applied for this benefit, and does not know who would have done so.”
The former Barcelona superstar’s estimated earnings at PSG this year is put at $95.5 million.
The emergency payments are meant to help Brazilians employed in the informal sector, such as cleaners or cooks, who have lost their jobs and earnings during the lockdown to contain the virus.
Brazil is one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic. It has the third-highest death toll globally, at more than 34,000, only behind the United States and Britain.