the court of Barcelona in a judgment delivered this Friday affirmed By putting an end to his contract before its end, Neymar “was not entitled to touch the sum” he asked, and “will have to reimburse the club the excess received the extension premium, for terminating his contract without justification “.
At the time of his departure to Paris in the summer of 2017 for the record amount of 222 million euros, Neymar had initiated proceedings to obtain the full payment by Barça of an extension premium of 64.4 millions d euros, but the court decision on Friday rejected his request.
In any case, this case further complicates the hypothesis of a possible return of 28-year-old “Neymar” to Barcelona, where the Brazilian is played for four years (2013-2017), winning with the team the Champions League in 2015. During the summer of 2019, Barça had recognized an interest in bringing Neymar back to Catalonia, without being able to reach an agreement with the PSG.
The club, which had already paid part of the bonus to the player (20.75 million euros), had also filed a complaint against Neymar to recover the total of this first payment, and obtain in addition 8.5 million euros of damages with interest.
Barça, which welcomed in a statement the decision made Friday, nevertheless recalled that Neymar could appeal and that the club would continue “to defend with firmness its interests” before justice.