Barcelona forward Neymar Jr. has opened up on the controversy surrounding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona two seasons ago, admitting that he is left exasperated by the way the Spanish judiciary is dragging his 2013 transfer.
According to goal.com, Neymar on a visit to the Pele museum in Brazil addressed a reporter’s question about the ongoing legal matters over the fee Barcelona paid to acquire him from Santos two years ago.
“My business is playing football, which is the thing I love to do. I’m not going to mess that up”, the Brazilian said.
In May, the fee made headlines twice: First, when a Madrid court ordered Barcelona and its current and former presidents to stand trial over tax-fraud charges pertaining to it, and again when Neymar’s old club Santos filed a lawsuit against the club, Neymar and his father for breaching the transfer fee contract.
The then Barca president Sandro Rosell had to step down from his post in January 2014 and the club management held a special press conference to explain the specific details of the transfer.
Rated as the 23rd highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes magazine, the Brazil international expects to be exculpated after everything is said and done.
“We are already addressing the court issue, my father is working on it. If the court seeks justice, as it should, then everything will turn out all right.
“I am fed up by what’s happening. There comes a time when it p****s me off, but it will never disturb my performances on the pitch.”
The Brazilian had a memorable season with Barcelona last term in which he scored a staggering 39 goals and was the third highest goal scorer in the league after Ronaldo and Messi. He, however, failed to lead his national team to Copa glory as the forward was suspended from the tournament as he lost his temper at the end of the match against Columbia. Brazil then went on to lose to Paraguay in penalty shoot-outs at the semis.