The Brazilian winger filed a lawsuit over signing-on bonus owned by Barcelona back in August, 2017 worth €43.6m of bonuses by the La Liga champions, however, the claims were dismissed and he must now repay money to his former club.
A statement released by Barcelona, following the judgement by the court saying;
“FC Barcelona welcomes the judgment handed down today by the Social Court 15 of Barcelona, in connection with lawsuits between the club and the player Neymar Junior in claiming compensation for the bonus signed in his last contract renewal.
“The judgment dismisses the player’s claim in its entirety, which demanded the payment of €43.6m, and estimates a large part of the claim filed by FC Barcelona, under which the player must return the club €6.7m.”
Barcelona contended that the clause relating to the payment was rendered null and void when he left Camp Nou, while the footballer’s agent and father, Neymar Sr., accused Barca of “blackmail”, and the player’s camp even called for the Spanish giants to be expelled from the Champions League for not paying his bonus.
The case was initially taken to FIFA, who closed their investigation with no action in February 2018, and now Barca have been awarded the judgement in the law courts.