Brazilian soccer star Neymar is currently on trial for fraud and corruption charges that prosecutors are hoping will result in a two-year prison sentence, but one lawyer claims that outcome to be unlikely.
In 2013, Neymar—whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior—transferred from the Brazilian soccer club Santos to play for Barcelona, before leaving in 2017 to play for his current team, Paris Saint-Germain. However, during the transfer from Santos to Barcelona, a Brazilian investment firm called DIS claims that it owned a 40 percent stake in Neymar’s rights while he was at Santos, which it did not receive upon the transfer.
The investment firm claims that Neymar and eight other parties are responsible for trying to hide the true amount of the transfer fee so they did not have to pay DIS the full amount. It is reported that DIS received $16.6 million as a transfer fee, but an investigative judge found that the transfer fee was at least $81.2 million.
Neymar took the stand on Tuesday and tested that he took no part in the negotiations over his transfer to Barcelona, and the other defendants have all denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the accusations do not apply to the Spanish court, as all the operations happened in Brazil where “corruption in business” is