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Investor Asks FIFA to Probe Neymar Transfer

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:38 PM

One of Neymar’s investors is asking FIFA to investigate the former Santos player’s $75 million transfer to Barcelona. The fee was divided between Santos and the player’s various investors, which includes the investment fund DIS. The fund’s executive director, Roberto Moreno, told Catalan radio station RAC1 that he believes Barca and Santos broke FIFA rules when the Catalan club paid a down payment of $13 million to Santos in 2011 for the Brazil international

"Barca recognized that they advanced [$13 million] when Neymar was a Santos player," Moreno said. "This is a serious breach of FIFA regulations because the player was then under contract at Santos." DIS reportedly owned 40 percent of Neymar’s rights up until this week, which means the fund would expect to receive $30 million from his transfer, but Moreno said that DIS would only receive 40 percent of $22.2 million, or $12.5 million. It is unclear what the exact division of ownership was of Neymar’s rights due to the confidential nature of the agreement.

"We saw on the television that Barca have said the transfer was done for €57 million," Moreno said. "And here Santos are talking about €17 million. We feel tricked. Santos is leaving out the truth so that the investors receive less."

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