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12:00 AM, June 08, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:18 PM, June 08, 2016

Neymar trial on the cards

Neymar could follow FC Barcelona fellow star Lionel Messi to court after Spanish prosecutors asked for the Brazilian striker to be tried over his murky multi-million-euro transfer to the Catalan giants.

Prosecutors from Spain's top criminal court accuse the 24-year-old, his father, Barca's ex-president Sandro Rosell and the club itself of concealing the true cost of his 2013 transfer deal from Brazil's Santos to FC Barcelona, a judicial source said Tuesday.

If the case comes to trial, Neymar will be the second Barcelona star to take the stand after Lionel Messi appeared in court earlier this month on charges of tax fraud related to income earned from his image rights.

Brazilian investment fund DIS, which held 40 percent of Neymar's sporting rights when he played at Santos, claims 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 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.

Santos -- where Neymar started his career -- received 17.1 million, 6.8 million euros of which went to DIS.

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

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