Neymar has been ordered to pay his former club Barcelona €6.7m (£6m) after losing his court case over an unpaid signing bonus.
Neymar had demanded that the club pay him €43.6 million as a bonus before his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, however he has now been ordered to pay Barcelona €6.7m.
Barcelona confirmed the news in a statement on their website: “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.”
Neymar filed a lawsuit in 2017 after Barcelona declined to pay a bonus included in his contract renewal signed in 2016. However, Barcelona stated that the clause relating to the payment was rendered null and void when he left.
Neymar left Barcelona in 2017 in an attempt to move out from the shadow of Lionel Messi and increase his own chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.