Reports emerging from a french newspaper L’Équipe is that Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar Jr along with the other eight defendants has been cleared of all corruption and fraud charges in connection with his transfer from Santos to Barcelona back in 2013.
This was confirmed in a statement read by a Spanish court in Barcelona on Tuesday, December 13th.
It read, “It has not been proven that there was a false contract or that DIS was intended to be harmed.”
The case was one that the plaintiff, a Brazilian company known as DIS had alleged that Neymar, Barcelona and the Brazilian club colluded to mask the true cost of the transfer deal between the Brazilian club, Santos and FC Barcelona in order that they may avoid paying the DIS it’s part in the player’s rights it owns.
Following the decision by Spanish state prosecutors to drop all charges during the trial back in October, the verdict comes as no surprise. Which left only the DIS lawyers remaining to argue their case.
The DIS claims it acquired rights in 2009 to receive 40% of a future Neymar transfer when it paid the player’s family 5 million Brazilian reals (then $2 million). However, it only received its due percentage from the 57 million euros that Barcelona and Santos initially announced as the transfer fee between the clubs, while the real cost was about 82 million euros.
The legal victory for Neymar comes days after the Brazil national team got eliminated from the World Cup by Croatia on penalties in the quarterfinals.
The other defendants declared innocent were Neymar’s father, his mother, former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues and former Barcelona executives Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu.
Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos at the age of 21, having already established himself as one of the world’s best players before forcing a move to current club Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. He won the Champions League, La Liga, Cop Del Rey, Super Copa de Espana and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time in Spain.