Barcelona superstar Neymar ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spanish court following transfer from Santos

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Barcelona superstar Neymar ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spanish court following transfer from Santos

NEYMAR has been ordered to stand trial after being accused of fraud over transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

However, if convicted, it unlikely he will serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of two years and under in length can be suspended.

The Brazilian superstar’s Barcelona team-mates at the Nou Camp, Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, were both sentenced to time in jail — of 21 and 12 months respectively — after they were both found guilty of tax fraud.

Barcelona superstar Neymar ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spanish court following transfer from Santos

However, they were suspended and the result saw neither of them have to serve any time behind bars.

Though, should they be found guilty again, that sentence will come into effect.

Messi was convicted in July this year, along with his father, Jorge Messi, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Neither have spent any time in jail, though, as both their sentences were suspended.

Barcelona superstar Neymar ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spanish court following transfer from Santos

Neymar has already paid £36m after he was found guilty of tax evasion by a Brazilian court.

He was found to have failed to pay the tax due on his earnings from contracts with former club Santos, Barcelona and Nike from 2011 until 2013.

The five-time Ballon d’Or-winner has been ordered to pay £1.3million in fines for three counts of tax fraud and his father was forced to shell out £1.1m.

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