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BARCELONA SUPERSTAR NEYMAR ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL FOR FRAUD IN SPAIN COURT AFTER TRANSFER FROM SANTO


Neymar made the switch in 2013 but has been in and out of court ever since over who received money from the fee

Neymar arrives at court for a hearing in February 2016

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

Neymar pictured completes controversial transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013

It is reported that 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.

Neymar'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.

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

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

Messi was convicted in July 2016, along with his father, Jorge Messi, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

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.

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

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

The Brazilian star 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.