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    Barcelona's Neymar walks during their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla. | Photo: Reuters

The charges related to Neymar's transfer to Barcelona from Brazilian football club Santos three years ago.

Spain's High Court said on Friday it had dropped a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer captain and Barcelona player Neymar, saying no crime had been committed.

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Charges were also dropped against his father and agent Neymar Da Silva Santos, former Barcelona president Sandro Rossell and ex-Santos president Odilio Rodrigues, said the written ruling.

The charges related to Neymar's transfer to Barcelona from Brazilian football club Santos three years ago.

Earlier this week, a Spanish court sentenced Neymar's Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and his father to 21 months in jail for tax fraud and fining the pair 2 million euros.

The Argentine athlete and his father were accused of defrauding with 4.1 million euros to finance through a structure of companies in tax havens.

This allowed the five-time winner of FIFA’s Golden Boot award, for the best soccer player worldwide, to avoid paying taxes in Spain for the use of his image between 2007 and 2009, from the amount of 10.1 million euros.

However, a sentence of less than two years excludes the possibility of both actually spending time in prison.


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