From Santos to chaos: The demise of a Barcelona president

The Blaugrana president quit on Thursday following an investigation into the Brazil star's transfer - a deal that was five years in the making
By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent

It was one of the most protracted transfer deals in football history and the repercussions have continued to reverberate long after Neymar finally became a Barcelona player.

Now, following the resignation of Sandro Rosell as Barcelona president, the full truth behind the Brazilian's move to Camp Nou may finally be revealed.

Rosell's decision to step down following Thursday's Extraordinary General Meeting comes as just the latest twist in a saga which has been five years in the making.

Since Barcelona were first reported to be trailing the Santos star, all sorts of claims and counter-claims have been aired by interested parties.

Below, Goal runs through the transfer from its earliest stages right through to Rosell's fall from grace.

MARCH 25, 2009
First sighting
Barcelona director Txiki Begiristain is spotted watching Neymar and Keirrison during a trip to Brazil, leading to early claims of a serious interest from the Blaugrana.
JULY 13, 2010
Keirrison loaned
Santos chief Paulo Jamelli denies a deal is already done for Neymar to join Barcelona following the one-year loan deal of Keirrison to the Blaugrana.
JULY 1, 2011
No chance
Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro claims that Neymar is "non-negotiable" and insists the striker will not be leaving the club.
JULY 10, 2011
Agent annoyed
Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claims that Barcelona approached Neymar without his permission after gaining the right to negotiate a deal by Santos.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Madrid preferred Neymar's father, Neymar Sr, claims that Real Madrid would be the best potential destination for his son amid persistent claims of a tussle between los Blancos and Barcelona.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Permission sought
Neymar Sr says he will not negotiate with Barcelona over a move for his son without the permission of Santos.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Barcelona are said to have become frustrated by Santos' decision to continue meeting with Real Madrid regarding a deal for Neymar despite having come to an agreement over an eventual transfer.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
No agreement
Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro denies that Neymar has signed a contract with Real Madrid or Barcelona amid speculation talks are already advanced with one or both clubs.
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
New deal
Neymar signs a new contract with Santos which sees him collect a huge pay rise without the length of his terms extending beyond 2015.
NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Santos president Ribeiro says that Sandro Rosell has asked him to take care of Neymar until the Spanish giants are ready to make their move.
DECEMBER 21, 2011
Deal denied
After Barca beat Santos 4-0 in the Club World Cup final, Neymar's father says the Blaugrana represent a "special option" but denies a €10m deal regarding a 2014 transfer.
DECEMBER 21, 2011
World Cup wait
Santos release an official statement quashing rumours they have given Barca first refusal on Neymar, saying the player is staying "at least until the 2014 World Cup".
DECEMBER 22, 2011
"Sold to many"
Neymar laughs off the talk he's signed a pre-contract deal with Barca by saying "I have been sold to different people since I was 10".
JANUARY 10, 2012
No contact
Neymar denies he met up with Barcelona after shooting a commercial in the Catalan city but says it is possible his father met representatives of the club at the Ballon d'Or Gala in Zurich.
APRIL 12, 2012
Long-term stay?
Neymar talks up the possibility of him staying with Santos for the remainder of his career, saying it would be "a good gift to the club".
OCTOBER 19, 2012
DIS not in charge
With speculation mounting regarding his economic rights, Neymar is forced to deny that DIS do not have the final call on any future transfer.
NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Messi to Santos!
After excitement builds over the chance Neymar could join Lionel Messi at Barca, the Brazilian claims they will only play together if the Argentine joins him at Santos.
APRIL 27, 2013
Nearing departure
It finally appears that a transfer to Barcelona is nearing with Santos vice-president Odilio Rodriguez admitting that Neymar is ready to move to Europe in the summer.
MAY 25, 2013
Bids accepted
Santos finally admit defeat, confirming they have accepted two bids - believed to be from Barcelona and Real Madrid over the sale of Neymar. No fees are disclosed.
MAY 26, 2013
Deal confirmed
Both Barcelona and the player confirm that Neymar has agreed to put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth around €7m a year to the Brazilian.
MAY 28, 2013
€150m risk for Madrid
Florentino Perez reveals that Neymar would have cost Real Madrid €150m had they pursued a deal, saying they could have signed him three years previously but too many conditions were now involved.
JUNE 3, 2013
"Heart won"
Neymar says his heart preferred Barcelona to Real Madrid, persuading him to join the Blaugrana over their Spanish rivals
JUNE 3, 2013
€57m fee revealed
Barca vice-president Josep Bartomeu reveals that the Neymar transfer will cost the club €57m and says a buy-out clause has been set at €190m
JULY 10, 2013
€9m claim
Leaked minutes from a Santos board meeting suggest that the Brazilian outfit received only €9m of the €57m outlay on the transfer, leaving many questioning the deal's ethics
JULY 30, 2013
Neymar debut The Brazilian's dream finally comes true as he dons the Barcelona shirt for the first time in a friendly against Lechia Gdansk
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Judge examination
Barcelona are asked to hand over documentation relating to Neymar's transfer as the Spanish High Court investigate the commission fee of €40m
JANUARY 10, 2014
Fake claims
A Spanish judge claims that Neymar's contract could be 'fake' following Jordi Cases' complaint regarding the transfer. Barca move to deny the claims.
JANUARY 23, 2014
Rosell resigns
The Barca president quits after the club hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the allegations relating to impropriety within the Neymar deal.