Spanish prosecutors have called for Barcelona superstar Neymar to be tried for fraud over his 2013 transfer to the Camp Nou club from Santos.
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Neymar Accused Along with Father, Club and Ex-President
Tuesday, June 7
AFP relayed the news on Tuesday, with Sky Sports News HQ adding that Neymar's father, former Barca president Sandro Rosell and the club itself are also accused of wrongdoing:
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BREAKING: Spanish prosecutors want Neymar tried for fraud over his 2013 transfer to Barcelona #SSNHQ https://t.co/kZNHCEkVHG2016-6-7 08:01:11
Neymar, now 24, moved to Barca from Brazilian club Santos three years ago and has since won two La Liga titles and a Champions League.
He has formed arguably the world's most devastating attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and made good on the potential that persuaded Barca to make a big-money move for him in the first place.
The transfer fee Barcelona paid for Neymar was initially reported to be €57 million (£48.6 million), but it was eventually revealed the deal had cost the Catalan club €86.2 million (£71.5 million), per Sky Sports.
A Brazilian investment fund, DIS, has already brought a case against Barca in which it claims the company was paid far less than it was entitled to for the 40 per cent of Neymar's rights it owned, per Reuters (via Sky Sports).
Neymar, his parents, Rosell and current Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu were all called to appear in court earlier this year as defendants in the case, per Reuters' report.