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Neymar under fire for hosting 500 guest in a five days party amid COVID-19 crisis




Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar has come under fire after hosting a flamboyant party and flouting COVID-19 protocols.


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The Brazilian reportedly had a party whose attendance was around 500 people in his native Brazil.



This is despite the fact that Brazil has so far recorded 7.47 million COVID-19 cases with the death toll standing at 200,000 at the time of publication of this article.

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that the 28-year old invited 500 people to a mansion in Mangaratiba, in Rio de Janeiro in festivities which started on Friday, December 24.

It remains unclear whether COVID-19 testing was done on the guests, but further reports indicate Neymar and his close aides urged the revelers to ‘leave their phones behind’ so there would be no recordings.


Neymar’s mansion was also reportedly fitted with noise cancellation technology as the Brazilian had booked a band to entertain the hundreds of guests.

Marca reports that the story was initially published on Brazilian newspaper O Globo and has since earned Neymar his fair share of criticism from the people of Brazil, especially because the South American nation has been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Human rights lawyer Augusto de Arruda Botelho took to Twitter to fault Neymar, tweeting: “The idiot trophy for the day goes to Neymar for his five-day party.”

Neymar is currently recovering from an ankle injury but could potentially make a return in time for PSG’s first leg clash against Barcelona in the Champions League.

If he is fit in time for the clash, he could be reunited with his former team mate Lionel Messi on the football pitch where the pair are expected to clash for the first time since the Brazilian’s famous move to Paris.