A ruling by National Court judge Jose de la Mata has put Neymar and his parents at risk of facing trial in Spain regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

Dave Fraser of the Sun reported Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and former President Sandro Rosell are set to stand trial with the Brazil icon after a complaint brought by investment group DIS. The judge accepted corruption charges against the player after DIS claimed they were entitled to 40 per cent of the transfer fee, but were given a smaller cut as compensation.

According to Fraser, prosecutors now have 10 days to formally request a trial, with Neymar set to face the court in a bid to clear his name and reputation.

Fraser wrote:

It was widely expected this outcome would come into force after prosecutors won an appeal to keep the case ongoing back in September.

The case was opened in January 2014 – just six months after Neymar‘s move to Spain.

One day after Rosell resigned as the Catalan club president, the full details of his transfer were revealed – with the transfer in fact costing in excess of £70 million.

Barcelona have already been ordered to pay just shy of £5 million in compensation regarding tax irregularities in the transfer.


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Neymar has been a resounding success at the Camp Nou since arriving from South American football, forming the deadly MSN trinity with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The team have swept away all competition in front of them under manager Luis Enrique, capturing La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

The Brazil international has continued to display his influence this term, as highlighted by the Champions League’s official Twitter feed:

Neymar has appeared 154 times for the Catalan giants in all competitions since departing Santos, scoring 91 times, according to Fraser.

Here is the superstar in action:

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