Neymar ordered to pay back former club Barcelona €6.7m after losing lawsuit
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar has been ordered to pay his former club Barcelona €6.7 million (Dh27.6m) after losing a lawsuit over an unpaid bonus.
Neymar moved from Barca to PSG for a world record fee of €222m in 2017 but took the La Liga side to court over the terms of the last contract he signed with them a year earlier, claiming he was entitled to €43.6 million.
“Barcelona expresses its satisfaction with the verdict announced today in relation to the lawsuit involving FC Barcelona and the player Neymar Jr regarding the amount of the signing bonus in the final renewal of the player’s contract,” Barcelona said in a statement.
The ruling has fully dismissed the player’s claim for payment of €43.6 million, and has accepted a large part of the defence presented by FC Barcelona, as a result of which the player must return €6.7 million to the club.
“Since the player’s representative is entitled to appeal this decision, the club shall continue to fervently defend its legitimate interests.”