The recent developments in Brazilian politics and soccer have stirred headlines. Testimonies suggest the involvement of former soccer player Rivaldo and Neymar Jr.’s sister, Rafaella Santos, in the post-presidential victory unrest led by Lula da Silva.
The Prosecutor’s Office has accused Rivaldo and Rafaella Santos of financing coup attempts, as witnesses claim. The marches contested Lula da Silva’s victory, alleging corruption within a segment of the Brazilian population.
Federal Police investigations focus on Rivaldo and Rafaella Santos, linking them to the events on January 8 when Lula da Silva assumed the presidency. Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro mobilized, leading to disputes and arrests. Detainees implicated Rivaldo and Neymar Jr.’s sister in financing these coup attempts.
Among those arrested, one revealed Brazilian artist Salomao Vieira’s involvement, with a warrant issued for his arrest. Vieira is reportedly hiding in Paraguay, according to Brazilian media outlet Veja.
Rivaldo faces accusations of contributing almost 10,000 euros to the cause. Conflicting testimonies suggest varying donation amounts, with Rivaldo’s legal team asserting a contribution of 2,000 reais (380 euros) to “needy people in the church.” Rafaella Santos’s legal team denies her involvement, stating that she did not send any money for the demonstrations.