Neymar could face SIX years in prison with courts reportedly re-examining his move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.
Neymar was the man involved in a world record fee of €222 million transfer when he had moved from his former club FC Barcelona to his current club PSG in the summer of 2017.
Yet reports from Catalonia claim the player could face the next six-year behind bars.
The Brazilian star was ordered last year to stand trial by the Spanish court as they looked at his move from Santas to Barcelona five years ago.
Lavanguardia, a Barcelona newspaper, has now claimed that the national court has referred the case to the Criminal Chamber.
That means Neymar could well sit in front of three magistrates, which indicates that he may well be looking at a sentence of beyond five years.
Lavanguardia say they have access to a ruling that reveals the Brazilian would face a potential spell of four to six years in prison.
But the start of the case will be delayed due to the Spanish court’s decision to move it to the Criminal Chamber.
Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of tax fraud.
A statement released by Barcelona three years ago, though, insisted they were not in the wrong.
“FC Barcelona wishes to express to its members its surprise, indignation and total disagreement with the public prosecutor’s petition for the Club and its former president Sandro Rosell to face trial for presumed misdemeanours in the transfer of the player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr,” it said.
“In recent months, FC Barcelona has declared its innocence and has provided all of the documentation requested on numerous occasions and which has been supported by various judicial testimonies.
“The Club has also been advised at all times by specialists in tax law.
“With respect to the specific request by the Public Prosecutors Office to charge President Josep Maria Bartomeu for a supposed tax offence in 2014, FC Barcelona also wishes to declare its utter disagreement.”
Bartomeu’s final appeal over the ruling was dismissed last year.
And that means he must stand trial over the transfer.
Barcelona claim they paid €17.1million for Neymar five years ago but a legal case arose following a complaint made from a club member.
Neymar insists that this is a case for the Brazilian legal system – not Spain.
And the PSG star has protested his innocence via public statements over the last few years.