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Spain prosecutors may try Neymar for corruption

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Sporting de Gijón at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Sporting de Gijón at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Spanish prosecutors want Brazilian star Neymar tried over fraud allegedly committed during his 2011 transfer to Barcelona, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Prosecutors from Spain’s top criminal court accuse the striker, his father, Barca’s ex-president Sandro Rosell and the club itself of concealing the cost of the multi-million-euro transfer from Brazilian investment fund DIS.

DIS held 40 percent of the 24-year-old’s sporting rights when he played at Brazil’s Santos club and has claimed it was cheated of its real share of the transfer due to parallel contracts that Barcelona and Santos allegedly used to hide the total cost.

The transfer deal was originally valued at 57.1 million euros ($64.9 million) by Barca, 40 million of which was paid to the N&N company owned by the player’s father with Santos — where Neymar started his career — receiving 17.1 million.

However, Spanish judicial authorities have estimated the number of simultaneous deals in the transfer amounted to at least 83.3 million — with the difference allegedly going to Neymar and his family, and Santos.


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