Neymar has posted an emotional message to his father on Instagram as rumours swirl around the Brazil star's controversial transfer to Barcelona.
Recent allegations over additional payments to the reported transfer fee caused upheaval at the Nou Camp, and culminated in the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell, as we reported at the time.
A payment of €40 million (around £32 million) was made by the club to a company owned by Neymar's father, inflating the overall cost of the deal.
Neymar has on the whole impressed since his summer arrival in Spain, but the saga has hovered over his time at the club.
The Brazilian, who is a heavy user of social media, took to Instagram to defend his father and hit out at "fake friends."
The original Portuguese can be found on his account (see post below), but has been translated by Football Espana (via Eurosport):
I'm sorry, father, but this time, for the first time, I'm going to disobey you – I have to speak out.
I wanted to thank you for the way you have overseen my career. It's thanks to you I played for the team in my heart, Santos FC, and I am now at my dream team, FC Barcelona.
I know a lot of people are coming out with a load of rubbish about us, questioning our character. I've also discovered that we have a huge amount of fake friends.
The Brazilian continued, going as far as to say that he would be prepared to die for his father, and calling on him to return to Spain:
Father, when Thiago Silva said that he would die for me on the pitch, I felt the same, but now I know that I would give my only son's life for you.
So I'm asking you to come back to Spain, I miss you. I'm playing again in a few days and I need you here.
It's only a matter of time before people realise that you did nothing wrong. You were just being my father through and through. I love you and we are in this together.
Neymar is currently out of action, nursing an ankle injury sustained early in January, but the club announced on Friday that he has now resumed training and could feature for Barcelona as soon as next week.
For the latest on his injury, you can follow our tracker.
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