Barcelona have confirmed in an official club statement that the court has dismissed Neymar’s claim of €43.6m and instead the PSG player must pay €6.7m.
Neymar has been ordered to pay his former club €6.7m following a dispute regarding a signing-on bonus from his last renewal with the club, before his move to PSG. The Brazilian striker received approximately €14m of the bonus before leaving Barca, who deposited the remaining amount with a notary when it was apparent he was signing for the French club.
When he signed for PSG, he demanded Barca pay the remainder of the bonus. The Catalan club responded by suing him for breach of contract.
The statement reads as follows:
“FC Barcelona expresses its satisfaction with the verdict announced today by Social Court 15 in Barcelona 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.“
“The ruling has fully dismissed the player’s claim for payment of 43.6 million euros, 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 euros to the club.“
“Since the player’s representative is entitled to appeal this decision, the club shall continue to fervently defend its legitimate interests.“