Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, was approved to receive a $120 (R1 973) welfare payment meant for low-paid Brazilian workers affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in an apparent case of identity theft. Picture: Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star’s name, date of birth and Brazilian ID number were used to register for the 600 real payment from the federal government, news site UOL reported.
The emergency payments are meant to help Brazilians employed in the informal sector – such as cleaners or cooks – whose jobs and incomes have evaporated due to the country’s stay-at-home measures to contain the virus.
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