Now Barcelona's Neymar has to stand trial for fraud

Now Barcelona's Neymar has to stand trial for fraud

Now Barcelona's Neymar has to stand trial for fraud

Brazilian football star Neymar has been ordered to stand trial in Spain over alleged fraud and corruption.

According to Sky, Neymar will stand trial alongside his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, former Barca president Sandro Rosell and Santos.

However, despite Neymar signing a new five-year deal with Barcelona, Florentino Perez - president of the Catalan club's arch rivals Real Madrid - recently said he was considering leaving for the Premier League.

The prosecution claims although the official transfer fee was 17.1 million euros ($18.7 million), Barcelona made secret payments to Neymar, with the total fee adding up to around 25.1 million ($27.5 million). Last summer Barcelona paid a fine of €5.5 million to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case. However, in Spain sentences of less than two years are often suspended for first-time offenders.

The charges were brought after a complaint by a Brazilian investment group which said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar's transfer fee was concealed by those involved.

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If found guilty, Neymar could face a jail sentence and large fine.

Barca fought off interest from a number of clubs across Europe to secure Neymar's signature in 2013, for a fee originally thought to be around £49million.

The decision to order Neymar to stand trial is another blow to the image of the Spanish giants and the player himself. Fellow Argentinean Javier Mascherano agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud earlier this year.

Neymar's career has skyrocketed at Barcelona, where he has excelled on the pitch alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

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