Neymar Fraud Trial Urged over Barcelona Transfer: Latest Details and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured Columnist

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar leaves Spain's national court in Madrid on February 2, 2016. Barcelona star Neymar and president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be called to give evidence this week in the murky case over the deal which brought the Brazilian to the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013.   AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

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.