Neymar has to pay his former club FC Barcelona €6.7 million following a dispute related to his signing-on bonus from his last contract renewal with the club before he joined Paris Saint-Germain. The forward signed a new deal with Barcelona at the end of 2016, just eight months before he joined PSG in a world record €222m deal.
After he completed his transfer to the French giants, Neymar claimed he was owed a €43.6m loyalty bonus from Barcelona, a case that was heard by by Social Court 15 of Barcelona. The Spanish giants released a statement on Friday, confirming that not only Neymar lost the case, he has also been ordered to pay €6.7m to his former club.
“FC Barcelona welcomes the judgment handed down today by the Social Court 15 of Barcelona, in connection with lawsuits between FC Barcelona and the player Neymar Jr in claim amount in compensation for the bonus signing signed in the last contract renewal,” read the statement.
“The judgment dismisses the player’s claim in its entirety, which demanded the payment of 43.6 million euros, and estimates a large part of the claim filed by FC Barcelona, under which the player must return the Club 6.7 million of euros.”
“Since this resolution can be appealed by the player’s representation, the Club will continue to firmly defend its legitimate interests.” Neymar has been linked with a return to FC Barcelona in recent months on more than one occasion. This situation could make things rather awkward between the two sides. It is unclear if the club are stilling looking to re-sign Neymar.