Why Neymar’s artificial lake was deemed an ‘environmental crime’ by Brazilian authorities

Controversy often follows Neymar, but PSG’s Brazilian forward has caused debate of an unusual kind in Brazil this summer.

Brazil’s Environment Agency handed the 31-year-old attacker a reported €1m fine for digging an unauthorised artificial lake at his property in Mangaratiba near Rio de Janeiro. Neymar has been seen swimming in the lake which is said to be 1000 square metres in size but was, say the Brazilian authorities, constructed without permission and deemed an ‘environmental crime’ according to L’Équipe due to the deforestation of the site and the diversion of a watercourse, amongst other misdemeanours related to the lake.

Neymar’s father was reportedly furious over the interference, complaining he was not being allowed to work on his own home and land, but was nevertheless forced to explain the situation to police with some reports suggesting a second fine could be incoming. 

The Brazilian has been out of action since injuring his ankle in February but is expected back in Paris soon to continue his rehabilitation so as to be ready for the new season.

Adam White


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