FC Barcelona were keeping a secret nobody know until now as they admitted to a Spanish judge that they handed Neymar JR an £8.5m pre-contract to move to the Cam Nou while he was still at Santos.the payment was made on December 6, 2011, less than two weeks before Neymar JR’s Santos took on FC Barcelona in the World Club Cup final a match which Guardiol’s Barca won 4-0.
A further 30 million euros was paid in 2013 when Neymar finally made the move to Barcelona. Fifa regulations, players are only allowed to negotiate deals with other clubs when they are in their last six months of a contract. Tapes and transcripts obtained by Globoesporte has reveal former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and current president Josep Maria Bartomeu are informed the spanish judge of the payments during an investigation by the Spanish tax authorities which saw the club agree to pay a £5.1 millian euros as a fine.
Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has told the court in July 2014: “We had other clubs and other figures.When we went back and offered 40 million euros to be paid when the player joined Barcelona, Neymar’s father said: “Is this the advance?….So I said to him:.”Very well how much do you want in advance?…. Neymar’s father said: “I want 10 million euros..”…So we will give you 10 in advance.It was lucky that he asked for the advance because otherwise I would have offered it”..