Spanish prosecutors call for Neymar to be tried for fraud

Prosecutors allege Neymar and his father hid the actual value of the player's transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013

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Prosecutors in Spain have called on Barcelona striker, Neymar, to be tried for fraud, alleging that the Brazilian hid the true value of his transfer from Santos to the Catalan giants.

A Brazilian investment fund, which owns 40% of Neymar's sports rights claims that it has not been allocated their full share from the deal. Both Neymar and Barcelona deny any wrongdoing.

The club claims to have paid €57m for the forward, the majority of which went to the parents of the player. Santos received just €17m as part of the deal.

This photo dated June 3, 2013, shows FC Barcelona's then new signing Neymar gesture upon his arrival at the club's office at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Investigators insist that the deal was more in the region of €83m and that the holders of a percentage of his sports rights, Brazilian third-party investment fund, DIS, have not received their full share. 

They claim to have received just €6.8m of Santos's €17m fee.