Rio de Janeiro - Brazil starlet Neymar blasted "false friends" as
he alluded Sunday to the strain of a tax probe into last year's money-spinning
move to Barcelona.
Brazilian and Spanish authorities are investigating last May's transfer from
initially reported as costing €57.1m ($78m).
Recent weeks have seen various add-ons emerge to take the deal to a
total €86m - including a reported €40m for N&N, Neymar's family
firm run by his father.
Neymar senior last week denied signing a pre-contract with Barcelona until
his son had left Santos for the Liga giants - but did admit to receiving €10m
in 2011 to guarantee a move by 2014.
In the event, Neymar joined the Catalans in the Spanish close-season but
with Brazilian prosecutors seeking to ascertain if potential tax fraud may have
taken place, Neymar spoke out.
"I've been quiet until now! But I can't go on listening to all these
things about my transfer.
"I called my dad saying I was going to speak out and he said just to
leave things with him and concentrate on getting better," Neymar said in
an Instagram posting.
"But he will understand me. Sorry to disobey you for a first time - but
I'm going to speak out," said the 21-year-old.
Neymar said he had swapped the team of his heart for the team of his dreams
in leaving Santos for the Nou Camp.
But he said the storm over his transfer had seen "a lot of people come
out and talk a load of rubbish - calling our character into doubt.
"I also understood we have masses of false friends," said the
Brazil star, urging his father to join him back in Spain as "I'll be back
playing in a few days and I need you here."
Neymar is currently out sidelined with an ankle injury but hopes to return
in time for Barca's Champions League last 16, first leg at Manchester City on
He added he was confident that "it's just a matter of time before they
realise you did nothing wrong."
The row over the transfer has already forced the resignation of Sandro
Rosell as Barcelona president.
Rosell stepped down last month having refused to divulge how much money each
of the parties to the deal received on confidentiality grounds, prompting Barca
club member Jordi Cases to bring a legal case against him.