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Brazilian Star Neymar's Value Increases 22.6% To $88.2M Following Trade To Barcelona
Published June 6, 2013
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DIS GROUP UNHAPPY: The DIS Group, which owned 40% of Neymar's rights before the transfer, "has been left with a bitter taste in the mouth in light of the revelation" that the deal is worth €57M ($74.5M) in total and has threatened to report Barcelona to FIFA. DIS Group CEO Roberto Moreno said that "the company feels cheated and will look to claim what it believes it is due." Barcelona VP Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that the club had made a €10M down payment, "something FIFA rules forbid when the player in question is under contract" (MARCA, 6/5).
NATIONAL TEAM NUMBER CHANGE: Neymar, whose jersey number with the Brazilian national team has typically been 11, wore 10 in a friendly on Sunday against England. The national team has announced its list of 23 players and the jerseys they will wear for the upcoming Confederations Cup, with Neymar set to wear No. 10. It is the same number that Pelé wore as a 17-year-old in the 1958 World Cup (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/5).